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Seychelles Tourism reaffirms its engagement with the Russian Market in Moscow at MITT Trade Fair
by STB

STO's representatives and partners
The Seychelles Tourism Board headed by Mrs Bernadette Willemin, the Paris-based Director for Europe and Ms. Karen Confait the Account Manager for Russia and its partners namely, 7° South represented by Anna Butler Payette and Valentina Payet, Raffles Praslin Seychelles represented by Viktoriya Khaydukova and Cousine Island represented by Colleen Mullen and Kirstin Keely, were all present in Moscow to support our tourism industry. The commitment and positive ethics of these partners have done the Seychelles proud once again in Russia.

Tourism yield is important to our economy and markets such as Russia play an important role. It has not only proved to be significant but has also paved the way to tap into this vast region. Local companies, 7° South, Raffles and Cousine made the journey to pay testament to this fact with their presence at MITT – Moscow International Travel and Tourism Show, a fair of growing importance.

Mrs Bernadette Willemin STB’s European Director noted that the Seychelles Tourism Board recognizes the true potential that lies in Russia as an important market with unprecedented purchasing power. MITT is thus a stepping-stone to tap into that potential. “Coming here is not without benefit, as our visitor arrivals from this region would suggest. In the last years we have experienced a surge from this market with limitless possibilities. Already a 3% growth has been recorded in the first three months of this year, placing Russia as the 3rd ranking market” she concluded.

The Seychelles Tourism Board will continue to solidify its foothold in the region ensuring positive growth of the industry and determined to remain competitive in the face of ever-growing challenges. Consequently, the Seychelles Tourism Board has appointed a Representation company, Access Russia to ensure that Seychelles remains visible in Russia and its surrounding regions in order to remain pioneers and above all for the betterment of our industry. Ms Evgenia Russiyanova, our dedicated Account Officer was also part of our delegation.

In the meantime, the Seychelles Tourism Board continues its geographical footprint further into Russia-CIS through the various activities planned for the year, bringing the destination into greater focus. The next appointment with both the trade and the consumer is the UITT Trade Fair in Kiev from the 27th – 29th March 2013.