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New Zealand and Seychelles ministers discuss tourism
by STB

The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP for East Coast Bays, Hon Murray McCully who was in Seychelles for the AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Seas) sub-regional grouping meeting, met with Minister Alain St Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture. The New Zealand minister was accompanied by Ambassador James Kember, the new New Zealand Ambassador just accredited to Seychelles.

The two ministers discussed the tourism development in Seychelles and also the moves to diversify the island's tourism source markets. On the marketing front, they discussed their Tourism Board's presence at tourism trade fairs and the use of events to promote tourism through culture and people. Minister McCully said he would discuss the participation of New Zealand at the annual Carnaval International de Victoria that is staged in Seychelles annually with his Minister responsible for Tourism.

"This annual carnival is very much a festival of colour as it is an opportunity for countries, as they do in tourism trade fairs, to fly their flags to showcase their unique selling points but this time using culture and people as their key assets. This Indian Ocean carnival remains the only carnival where the best and most known carnivals parade together followed by cultural troupes from the community of Nations," said Minister St Ange.