Hebei province in China establish links with Seychelles tourism industry - Representatives sign agreement in Victoria by STB
Students and staff at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) will now be exchanging expertise and work experiences now that the local institution has signed an agreement with the Hebei Tourism Vocational College.
(from left to right) Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Naiken and the President of Hebei Tourism Vocational College, Professor YunHang Tang
The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture headquarters on 11 October by the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Naiken and the President of Hebei Tourism Vocational College, Professor YunHang Tang.
The College found in Chengde City in the Hebei Province, is the only one in the province providing its students with the opportunity to develop their comprehensive vocational skills due to its relationship with over 400 employers in the region. It is also a big institution with a faculty of over 800 and over 1000 students following courses there.
Also present were officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture as well as representatives from the STA.
To further establish the groundwork for the newly signed agreement, the Chinese delegation – which included the President International Exchange School Professor Qiliang Liu and the Deputy Director of Tourism Foreign Language Department Professor Zhe Wang – also visited hotels where their students expect to gain work experience.
The Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, told members from the Hebei Tourism Vocational College that he was indeed appreciative of such an agreement being signed between the two parties. Mr St Ange also expressed both parties’ eagerness to begin working together.
A delegation from the Seychelles is also expected to fly to the Hebei province later this year; so as to visit the area as well as meet important officials soon to be working with the young Seychellois students.
This latest agreement between the Seychelles and Hebei comes at an opportune time; as the Chinese market is one that is continually growing in the Indian Ocean state. Seychelles authorities have recorded a 75 percent increase in visitors coming to Seychelles from China this year as compared to 2012.
To recall STA has also signed a similar agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Tourism in January this year.