Italian Travel Trade received visit from Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive


The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), chief Executive Mrs. Sherin Francis, has recently visited Italy to confer with the Italian travel trade and to meet with the Italian wedding sector’s key players.

Mrs. Francis attended, together with the Director Mrs. Monette Rose and STB Italy based Marketing Executive, Mr. Lorenzo Sironi, to the ‘Zankyou Wedding Experience’ event in Rome, at Villa Trebazia, in the archeological area of Appia Antica, a few steps away from the ancient mausoleum of Cecilia Metella.

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The event, at its first edition, aimed at bringing together all the key players of the wedding industry, to explore all the different shades and potentials of the wedding sector, through all the different experiences that it can generate.

Top-level journalists and professionals attended the event, which saw the media partnership of Sposi Magazine.

The theme of the event was ‘Wedding as an experience’: the Seychelles had the privilege of being the only destination represented for the part dedicated to exotic weddings.

Mrs. Sherin Francis had the opportunity to give a speech on how Seychelles is truly a dream destination for honeymooners and for a barefoot wedding in one of the many pristine and beautiful places of the archipelago.

The other partners of the event were Save the Children, for sustainable weddings, Gianni Molaro Atelier for the prêt-a-porter, Tramontano Gioielli for the handmade wedding, Daruma for the digital wedding and Il Mio Matrimonio for same-sex weddings. Amongst the special guests there was Equoevento Onlus, company specialized in fighting food waste, and Mrs. Bianca Trusiani, travel agent specialized in tailor made travels and destination weddings.

The wedding and honeymoon segment is very important in Italy and a great percentage of visitors from Italy are couples.

Mrs. Francis also had the opportunity to meet the Italian main Tour Operators in a dinner organized by STB Office in Rome. The event took place in the heart of the ancient city at the famous restaurant Camponeschi, in Piazza Farnese, one of Rome’s most sophisticated and splendid squares and one of the most famous capital city’s meeting places, since La Dolce Vita.

The event was very much appreciated by the Product Managers of Tour Operator companies, as it was a great opportunity to shares views on the destination, update and network in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Europe keeps leading the arrival statistics in Seychelles with an increase of 1% on the total international arrivals. Italy is in the top five markets with an increase of 3% and reaffirms its key position for the tourism industry in the archipelago.

The STB Chief Executive’s visit on the Italy has been a great opportunity to highlight the challenges and the strengths of the market and to reinforce the bond with the local trade.

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.