World press praises Seychelles’ innovative Carnival of Carnivals


The Tropical Creole islands of the Seychelles have taken the world press by storm with the success of their unique “carnival of carnivals.” Seychelles launched a carnival with a different twist when they invited the Community of Nations to participate in the island’s carnival and display to the world their own culture, unique selling points, and what their country is all about.

Twenty-one carnival floats from a range of countries joined a further sixty Seychelles floats when they descended on the Seychelles for the island’s 2011 carnival edition, which was held in March this year, and everyone has been praising its success. This week, the French TV 5 Monde aired a feature on the Seychelles “carnival of carnivals” with popular TV Presenter Lise-Laure Etia highlighting the unique attributes of this carnival with a difference. Lise-Laure Etia also carried an interview with Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, the organizers of the “carnival of carnivals,” where it was confirmed that the 2012 Edition of the Seychelles Carnival, set for March 2-4, will be aiming to attract even more countries from the African mainland and also those from the four corners of the world to continue displaying the unique concept of a melting pot of cultures carnival. TV 5 Monde with Lise-Laure Etia was 1 of 8 TV stations present in Seychelles for their 2011 Carnival, and this week features on Seychelles Carnival have started appearing accross the world.

Invitations to these TV stations were made by the Seychelles Tourism Board to ensure that all countries who participated in the “carnival of carnivals” received due coverage, and their respective culture, unique selling points, and what they were all about was presented to the world at large. Seychelles achieved its mission, and many participating tourism boards have said that they felt encouraged with the coverage they received and that they would be back in Seychelles in 2012 for the island’s next carnival.

The Seychelles Carnival has also been receiving dedicated pages in many magazines and publications accross the world. The highly-respected and popular “7 Magazine” in La Reunion last week presented a four-page spread in full color on the Seychelles “carnival of carnivals.” They also covered the participation of La Reunion with its own unique World Heritage Site, which comprises a friendly volcano. Miss La Reunion was also well covered in the four-page report, which carried pictures of the creale beauty dancing the sega in the streets of Victoria in the Seychelles.

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and eTurboNews Ambassador, has confirmed that a souvenir coffee table book and a DVD on the 2011 Seychelles “Carnaval International de Victoria” is being finalized and should be released soon.