Hawaii has a presence at Seychelles carnival world debut


Making its world debut, the “Carnaval International de Victoria” took place this weekend from March 4-6 in the capital city of Victoria, Seychelles, ringing in what is sure to become an international event that visitors, locals, and international tourism players will look forward to each and every year.

On Saturday, parade floats began their circular route around Victoria, beginning at the Stadium at Roche Caiman. Delegations from around the world were present in the parade, including the UK, Korea, South Africa, Japan, Zimbabwe, and France, to name a few, and even from sister tourism locale, Hawaii.

Stationed in Port Victoria were naval ships from Russia, Britain, and India, standing together to show the world they are united in their efforts to rid the Indian Ocean shipping route of pirates.

There were some 39 members of the international media to cover the carnival celebrations, along with representatives of many international tourism organizations. The privately-run Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) was present, and Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, President of the association, said, “Seychelles’ Carnaval International de Victoria is sure to become one of the top world carnivals, and I am pleased that Hawaii was represented in this inaugural international event.”