Regional Tourism Organization Of Southern Africa
RETOSA in Seychelles for talks with Seychelles tourism authorities
Seychelles and the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) are meeting this week in Seychelles to strenghten their existing partnership, and to see areas that could be further developed for the benefit of the organization and for the Seychelles tourism industry. Mr Bradah Maunganidze, the Chairman of the RETOSA Board and Permanent Secretary for the Zimbabwe Tourism & Hospitality Industry, and Mr. Francis Mfune, RETOSA's Executive Director have arrived in Seychelles accompanied by Ms. Marsha Parcou, the Seychelles Tourism Marketing Executive based in Pretoria, South Africa.
At their first meeting with Mr. Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and eTurboNews ambassador, held at the Ephelia Resort, the RETOSA Board was updated on the possible cooperation as seen by Seychelles for Africa to get to know Africa and for Africa to work with Africa. Mr. St.Ange emphasized the need to see better air access between the African mainland and its island nations and for Africa to be seen to be present at the 2011 Seychelles "Carnaval International de Victoria" where African nations can showcase their country's attractions and strenghts. The idea of hosting a "Miss Carnaval 2011-Seychelles" was also discussed and the RETOSA Board was happy to develop the idea and push for greater participation at the Seychelles Carnival from African States. The RETOSA Board was updated on the "Seychelles brand" of tourism and what that style of tourism entailed. The need for Africa to develop its brand of tourism was discussed as was the need to relook at how Africa was marketed at International Tourism Trade Fairs.
Mr. Maunganidze said at the end of that first meeting that he was ready to see the signature for an MOU to strenghten the cooperation between African Nations and for the development of strategic points to see training possibilities for Africa students in Seychelles and airlink between the African Mainland enroute to another tourism market. The RETOSA delegation will be holding more discussions with the Seychelles authorities during the next two days, and they will be visiting the islands of Praslin and La Digue before leaving the country on Thursday. RETOSA is today a grouping of fifteen Southern Africa countries.