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Warships Show Of Force

2011 Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria continues to attract press interest in 4 corners of the world

Feb 15, 2011

The March 2011 Carnival, which will be taking place in the Seychelles from March 4-6, continues to attract press interest in the four corners of the world. Seychelles must be the smallest country entering into the "World of Carnivals," and the floats procession for this carnival will be paraded in the world's smallest city. Press reports continue to appear everywhere on this carnival in the Indian Ocean. The most recent full-page article appeared in the respected and popular "7 Magazine" of La Reunion Island.

Seychelles presented to the "Community of Nations" some seven months ago that it was launching a carnival with a difference. "It is a carnival for the world, and it is a carnival where the world is invited to be represented with their own respective carnival floats to showcase their strenghts and their culture," Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board said when he launched the Seychelles Carnival to the press in mid 2010.

Today, Seychelles is reporting that the "Community of Nations" has in fact responded to the call, and well over twenty international floats representing a variety of countries are descending on Seychelles for its carnival. A marked difference to any other carnival will be the presence of International World Bodies who have confirmed that they will showcase what they stand for using the platform of the Seychelles Carnival. La Francophonie, the European Union and SADEC for example, have all confirmed their participation, and this has been confirmed through press releases issued by the Seychelles Tourism Board.

The Seychelles are a group of tropical islands situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. They are blessed with a weather pattern that has given Seychelles the name of the land with perpetual summer, because they have no winter, and visitors to the islands can enjoy the pleasure of swimming in the clean and clear turquoise blue seas all year round. Seychelles also has continuously won every award for the best white sandy beaches. Today these unique islands are launching themselves into the world of carnivals.

"We are after visibility, which is why a large contingent of international press are traveling to Seychelles to cover our carnival," Alain St.Ange said. "We not only want the world to take notice of our remarkable natural beauty, but we also want to use this opportunity to place on the table the need for the Indian Ocean shipping routes to be made safe and free of pirates," St.Ange ended in saying as he explained why the Seychelles had invited foreign warships to be in Seychelles for their 2011 carnival.

Seychelles wants to show that the warships are based in the Indian Ocean to combat alongside the Seychelles own coast guards the threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia. "They are hurting the shipping routes along the African Coast, and the world must see this as a world menace. We will do all that is possible to keep the problem on the table," Alain St.Ange said as he explained that the Seychelles waters were in fact over three times the size of France and that it was not the security of the Seychelles that was at stake, but the world shipping routes.

Seychelles is hoping that more nations will be represented at the 2011 Seychelles "Carnaval International de Victoria" by their warships, as a show of force and to showcase the presence in the Indian Ocean by the "Community of Nations."

2011 Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria continues to attract press interest in 4 corners of the world
Image from Seychelles Tourism Board

Source: Seychelles Tourism Board

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