When Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and outgoing President of the Vanilla Island Organization, yesterday evening welcomed nearly 150 journalists, invited guests, key sponsors and representatives of the Carnival co-hosts on board of the Cat Cocos, the famous catamaran high speed ferry normally linking Mahe with Praslin, he was swift to recognize the sponsors and co-hosts of the annual event.
National airline Air Seychelles and partner Etihad, which donated both cargo space and over 100 tickets to bring journalists from across their network to the Seychelles, had cabin crew on board of the ship ‘flying’ their colours high. The owners of Cat Cocos, also owners of Creole Travel, were equally present and both, together with other sponsors, where given an enthusiastic applaus for their role in making this 4th edition of the Seychelles Carnival another success story.
Reunion Island, the first co-host from the inaugural edition of the carnival in 2011, was again present with a very large delegation, led by Pascal Viroleau, CEO of the Vanilla Island Organization and also head of IRT, and had brought a choir along to entertain guests with traditional songs and music from their home island.
Alongside were fellow Vanilla Island members Madagascar and Mayotte showcased, as was South Africa’ Kwa Zulu Natal, who had all come on board to benefit from the huge publicity the event now generates around the world.
A three day period of merry making and a potpourri of nations, colours and cultures is now underway in the Seychelles capital of Victoria and when the show formally goes on the road this evening at the Stade Popilar in the presence of President Michel it will be a nonstop party until Sunday night, when the lights go out and this year’s Carnaval de Carnivals, the Carnival International de Victoria is over. Now ranked as the 5th most popular Carnival Festival in the world, a ranking incidentally bestowed upon the Seychelles by fellow Carnival giants, speaks for itself how the country has created a global platform to bring the world of carnivals together. Seychelles, truly Another World and one shared with the likes of Reunion this week.