The Seychelles Tourism Academy was voted best school in the Carnival Floats Competition in the 2011 Seychelles Carnival, held last weekend in the archipelago’s capital, Victoria.
The islands were organizing their very first international carnival which received world coverage from the many press personalities who had traveled there for the big event.
Spectators lined both sides of the streets as the floats proceeded through Victoria in possibly the biggest show ever taken place in Seychelles.
The tourism academy fielded a magnificent float under the theme “A job for everyone in the tourism industry.” Students of the academy depicted the courses on offer at their school, such as housekeeping, front office, bar and restaurant, and wellness and spa. While some of them were dressed in their uniforms, others wore skirts and tops in metallic dark green and yellow colors. They performed and cheographed beautifully to win the first prize, which was SR15,000 (US$1247).
The University of Seychelles took the other prize in that category, which was SR10,000 (US$832) for second place. Its theme was “A new education horizon for Seychelles” and showed students at school and later on in life becoming professionals and leaders for the country. The importance of training for the Seychelles tourism industry has been in the minds of the authorities as the President of the Republic, Mr. James Michel, launched the Seychelles brand of tourism for the islands. Seychelles depends on tourism, which remains the pillar of these tropical islands. President James Michel also holds the portfolio for tourism with Alain St.Ange, the known tourism personality, who is the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.