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Seychelles at Asian Dive Show
by STB

Seychelles was represented at the 19th edition of the Asian Dive Expo, in Singapore from April 19-21.

Seychelles, still a new destination to the Asian tourism market, was represented by Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) senior marketing executive Stephanie Lablache and Elizabeth Fideria from " Big Blue Divers."

  
Asian Dive Show

The event, at Singapore's "Marina Bay Sands" brings together divers, conservationists and media to compare their accomplishments and also introduces underwater enthusiasts to new dive locations around the world.

Seychelles was given a stand on the main stage to showcase its submarine wonders, which include abundant coral life and diversity of fishes, manned by Ms Fideria.

“This meant good exposure for Seychelles as more people have heard of the destination and its underwater wonders. I think this is a good platform to showcase more of our destination in the future," said Ms Fideria.

Besides diving enthusiasts, Seychellois participants also met with Mr Imran Ahmed, a Nikon professional photographer, who is currently working with the STB in making the first diving book with pictures he has been taking of the marine life around Seychelles. 

Some of the photos, he shot last year during the SUBIOS Seychelles Underwater Festival were exhibited at the fair. 

Another visitor at the Seychelles stand was Ms Ai Futaki, a diving champion, who holds two World Guinness Book records for the longest distance swum in a cave with one breath. These were the first woman in the world to swim 100 metres with fins and 90 metres without fins.

Ms Futaki visited Seychelles during the 2011 SUBIOS Festival with another famous undersea photographer, Aaron Wong, who took some spectacular shots of her which were exhibited at the fair.

Ms Futaki works closely with a number of TV stations in Japan and is planning to return to Seychelles with a crew to feature the islands.

Ms Lablache said: “This fair can help put Seychelles on the world map of underwater sites and I am certain that with the help of the eminent personalities, we shall see more divers visiting us in future."