Minister optimistic over amped up connection
Fiber optic cable in Seychelles to boost tourism
(eTN) - Counting benefits from the just-landed fiber optic submarine cable, the mid-Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles expect to reap more from tourism through faster and affordable telecommunication services.
The Seychelles Minister for Natural Resources and Industry, Mr. Peter Sinon, said tourism is the mainstay of the island’s economy, with big numbers of tourists visiting the island each year.
“Every year we have a large number of tourists visiting our shores, more than twice our population. As the minister responsible for industry, it is my task to ensure that there is continued investment in Seychelles but it be from abroad or home grown,” Minister Sinon said.
He was optimistic that the arrival of the cable to the island would inspire job creation through tourist investment and other economic bases. Seychelles’ Tourism Ambassador in Tanzania, Maryvonne Pool, said she was encouraged by the cable, which would spur travel communications to the island.
The 2,000-kilometer-long cable from Tanzania’s capital of Dar es Salaam to Seychelles capital of Victoria would as well make easier Internet access, as well as other electronic communications.
Vastly enhanced communications is vital for the tourism sector, along with diversification of the economy, greater access to education, and improved computer literacy.
Rich in tourism, culture, and marine resources, the island state of Seychelles is set to host two major gatherings in two months time, after the carnival, which took place in early March this year, including the 7th Routes Africa 2012 Forum, set for July 8-10, 2012.