Official launch of 2013 Carnaval International de Victoria at Constance Ephelia Resorts by STB
Government representatives and international journalists
The Seychelles Tourism Board and held a press conference on Thursday 7th February to launch the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria. The press conference is an annual event held for the International press who are providing coverage of the Carnaval International de Victoria. This event is a perfect platform for the International press to learn more about this expanding concept of the Vanilla Islands tourism market.
Headed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Mr Alain St.Ange, alongside the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs Elsia Grandcourt, the President of the Regional Council of Reunion, Didier Robert, from Reunion, Jacqueline Farreyol, Reunion, Vola Raveloson, Madagascar Tourism Office Director Mr Sugar, Zimbabwe, and Honourable Keith A. Mukata, Zambia.
Addressing the press and guests, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs Elsia Grandcourt gave a warm opening speech saying that it gave her great pleasure to welcome the press and guests once again to the Carnaval International de Victoria. For those who have been in attendance before, it was wonderful to see them here again and for first time visitors, a warm welcome.
“Our carnival, now in its third edition, is indeed a great way of showcasing the friendship and co-operation which exists in the region together with our co-hosts of this year’s carnival, the islands of Reunion and Madagascar as a Vanilla Islands event. This cooperation has seen the carnival growing from a mere cultural event of Seychelles to now encompassing the friendships and boundaries of the Indian Ocean, and expanding further to Southern Africa,” said Mrs Grandcourt.
The carnival is one of those platforms that have also strengthened and led towards new bilateral agreements between partners.
“Let us continue to make this statement of international friendship and co-operation to the world at this time so that the Carnaval international de Victoria’ message rings loud and clear across our country, the western Indian Ocean region and the world,” expressed Mrs Grandcourt.
In line with Mrs Grandcourt opening address, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mr Alain St.Ange opening speech was also very heart warming by referring to the tiny capital of the Creole world and now focal point of three days of cultural manifestation, culinary delight and carnival extravaganza.
“I very much hope that you will enjoy our Seychelles–style carnival experience and for those of you who are extending your stay, that you will take the opportunity to discover the maximum about our welcoming Creole culture, our island-style way of living and the wonderful attributes with which our tiny nation has been blessed,” stated Minister St.Ange.
On the same note, Minister St.Ange touched on the kind of co-operation between the private sector and the Seychelles Tourism Board that lies at the very heart of the success that we have achieved over the past years and without which we would have found it difficult to make the progress that we have.
Commenting on the Creole culture which is the very foundation for our tourism through dedicated evenings like these it shows that we are advocating our Creole culture. He also stressed out that “it is not only our world-beating sun, sea and sand that visitors come to enjoy, but rather an increasing desire to have an authentic experience of our unique Seychellois Creole culture.”