The Seychelles Tourism Board has officially opened its new tourist office in Johannesburg, South Africa, during a ceremony held in the city yesterday.
It was the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, who opened the office and offered a toast to this occasion.
The Tourism Board now has two offices in South Africa – Cape Town and Johannesburg – with the latter having relocated from Pretoria where it operated for several years under the auspices of the Seychelles High Commission.
The office is now based in the heart of the travel and trade businesses in Johannesburg and is managed by Lena Hoareau who now looks after the South Africa market. Mrs. Hoareau was formerly based in the United Kingdom as the PR manager for the Tourism Board.
Speaking at the ceremonial event held at the Saxon Hotel in Sandton, Minister St.Ange said there was a need to bring the office closer to the commercial heart of South Africa in order to gain a bigger market share of the South African market.
He told the audience which was comprised of the Seychelles High Commissioner in South Africa, Mr. Claude Morel; the Seychelles General Consul for Johannesburg, Mrs. Mare-Mai Kolsch; tour operators; airlines; press; and other tourism-related organizations such as RETOSA, that Seychelles is not only a friend of South Africa, but wanted to be the destination of choice for South African holidaymakers. “We are opening our Joburg Office, because we believe that Africa must continue to work with Africa, and that Africa should know Africa if Africa is to be strong and claim its fair share of the world tourism market. Today, we say to South Africans that we have adequate airline connectivity and you have a great holiday destination right on your door step. Our two countries are two friendly countries, our governments get on and respect each other, it is now our people who should discover each other,” said Minister St.Ange.
The minister then proceeded to cut the ribbon in a symbolic gesture, together with High Commissioner Claude Morel, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken, the Tourism Board’s Director for Africa and America David Germain, and the new