Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture visits owner of burnt down tourism establishment by STB
Visit at Les Lauriers
Nearly a month after a fire accidently burnt down seven bungalows at Le Laurier Hotel & Restaurant on the Seychelles inner island of Praslin, Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who was on a working visit on Praslin called on the owners of the complex accompanied by Louis D’Offay, the Chairman of the Tourism Industry’s Association, the SHTA.
This visit was instigated by the Tourism Industry’s Association who wanted the Tourism Ministry’s support to let the small Seychellois Hotel Owner rebuild his hotel.
The SHTA said that the area today remains an eye soar to the public and to visitors alike and that this was reflecting badly on the Seychelles image as a tourism destination. This eye soar is made even worst as the debris of the aftermath of the fire is right in front of Laurier Hotel’s six other hotel rooms and next to their restaurant that were saved from the fire and that are still operating. The existing rooms are fully booked until the month of August it was revealed to the press during the discussions at the hotel.
The owner of this small tourism establishment took the opportunity of the presence of Minister St.Ange to explain his difficulties in convincing the different Government Agencies to speed up with the procedures to enable him to start construction work on his burnt out bungalows.
Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture assured Mr Louis D’Offay, the Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, that he would update his colleagues in the Government on the Le Laurier issue.
On his part the Tourism Industry Association’s Chairman said “We organised this visit because Le Laurier Hotel is a member of our Industry. It was important to keep the Ministry responsible for Tourism abreast of the challenges we face when needed. Today we are here because the owner of a small Seychellois owned hotel had brought the difficulties he was facing to the association’s attention, and as an association we stand to work with the Government in order to assist our members. Seeing that it’s taken almost a month and construction work haven’t yet started to rebuilt the burnt down property we have now taken our concern to Minister St.Ange for him to help speed up procedures to rebuilt the place. It is unaccepted that the owner is ready to build, but cannot move forward’’ said Mr D’Offay.
Visit at Les Lauriers
The owner of Laurier Hotel & Restaurant, Mr Edwige Rose said that “although the ground have been cleared it does not look good in the eyes of the clients as the hotel is presently fully booked.”
“We’ve submitted the plan for the reconstruction of the bungalows. The original structure will remain the same. The only adjustment will be made to the roofing. Instead of using thatch, it will be covered with corrugated iron sheets. We’re concerned that it’s taking a lot of time for the approval to be granted to start to rebuild the place’’ said Edwige Rose.
Minister Alain St.Ange assured the Hotel Owners and the Tourism Industry’s Association that the Government remained committed to make it easy for doing business. “The President of the Republic has said that he wants the Seychellois to claim back their industry. This statement remains a firm commitment of the Government. We shall appeal to the Ministry concerned to see with their respective Agencies the reason for the delays with the hope that Mr Rose be allowed to start his rebuilding works as soon as possible.”