Tourism industry protesting in Seychelles against Indian military installation


The proposed military base on the island of Assumption in Seychelles by India continues to generate anger in the islands. This morning protesters were outside the parliament where President Danny Faure is set to deliver his State of the Nation Address this afternoon.

The proposed military by India is but some 20 miles from Aldabra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Seychelles enjoyed a leading role in environmental protection and maintained a non-aligned strategy ever since its Independence from Great Britain in 1976. Today the pressure from India in their catchup drive with China sees Seychelles finally taking sides to the detriment of their sovereignty and independence. A military base with a superpower will bring superpower conflicts to their doorstep.

The protests in Seychelles has been ongoing and will climax this afternoon when President Faure will head to the island’s parliament to deliver his address.

The world will be watching with anticipation on his decision on this Indian Military Base.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.