In a recent press point, the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley has unveiled the program of activities marking the annual tourism week in Seychelles.
The annual Tourism Week in Seychelles is an extension of the annual World Tourism Day celebrated on September 27 and initiated by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
This year’s celebration comes earlier on the calendar; the festivities will be launched in an official ceremony at the Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa on September 15and will last until September 22.
The organizing committee under the leadership of the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley, constituted of the Tourism related agencies including the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA), Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Seychelles Hotel Tourism Association (SHTA), the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) alongside the private sector, all working together to revamp the event.
Minister Dogley explained that objective of this year’s organising committee is to revamp the event by elevating the event’s profile.
“This year’s event is very important to me; it will be my first participation in this key event. I believe that it is important while we celebrate the tourism industry and its achievement; we also raise awareness about its importance for the country, “Said Minister Dogley.
As part of giving another dimension to the event, the department has decided to emphasis on the participation of local public and visitors alike.
The thinking behind engaging the public is to raise awareness about the importance of the tourism industry to the local economy, the festival will be carried under the umbrella of the Seychelles Hotel Tourism Association (SHTA) campaign launched in 2017, “We are Tourism”.
Talking about the activities the Principal Secretary for Tourism Mrs. Anne Lafortune, explained that the tourism festival would bring to the public a plethora of activities merging education, information and pleasure to the calendar of events.
Minister Dogley expressed his satisfaction to have succeeded in getting the support of various partners for the various activities. “We depend on tourism and we need to take care of it. The tourism festival is not only about the serious elements of tourism but also about having our stakeholders having fun. It is going to be an exciting experience for the local tourism industry, “said Minister Dogley.
For this year’s edition, the committee’s effort has focused on service and standards besides raising awareness on the value and contribution of the Tourism as the main pillar of our economy.