In the wake of the successful attendance of the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange, and Tourism Consultant Glynn Burridge at the 5th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism in Lusaka, Zambia, in May 2011, Seychelles has been invited to send a delegation to the prestigious World Route Development Strategy Summit to be held in Berlin in October 2011.
“An invitation to attend this summit is a great honor,” stated St.Ange, “but the opportunity to address the summit’s travel and tourism stream in the session entitled ‘Government support in the tourism market and the transformation of the tourism authority,’ as a guest panelists is, I believe, a reflection on how the Seychelles brand of tourism launched by President James Michel as his very own vision, is today winning world attention and respect for the way it is managing its tourism industry.”
The Routes Development Forum, now in its 17th year, is the world’s premier meeting place for international aviation leaders and the routes community. The event welcomed more than 3,000 attendees last year and is expected to continue to grow in 2011. The summit itself is expected to receive approximately 250 high-level participants and will address the challenges that the aviation industry has and will face this year.
Seychelles is expected to make the most of the opportunity by sending several delegates from relevant sectors to the summit. “This type of summit provides Seychelles with precisely the kind of platform that Seychelles needs to raise its visibility on the world stage,” St.Ange explained, “and not only is participation extremely useful in itself, but it also gives our islands the opportunity to create awareness of who we are and what we have to offer. These are solid gold chances to network with the movers and shakers of the tourism and aviation world and to win new friends, assistance, and international respect.”
On June 20, 2011, a Seychelles delegation will be attending the Meeting of SADC Ministers Responsible for Tourism in Livingstone, Zambia, to continue the work of making Seychelles visible at major international forums while furthering the objectives of its tourism industry.