Seychelles will be hosting the 2014 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Tourism and Travel Mart from 19 to 21 September 2014.
The aim of the 2014 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Tourism and Travel mart is to bring together policy makers and stakeholders in the tourism and travel industry. This will include Seychelles Regional and International Tourism Organisations, Travel Agencies, Hotels, Tour Operators and Airlines under the same roof.
The Tourism and Travel Mart is also an opportunity to bring together Tourism Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member states which would be the perfect occasion to discuss the possibilities of strengthening and expanding the regions tourism industry.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for tourism and Culture has personally written to Ministers of Tourism from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORC) to invite them to attend and participate actively in this important regional event.
India, Bangladesh, Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Seychelles and members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) with China, Japan, Egypt, France and Britain having the status of dialogue partners in the group.
Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles has said that he was thrilled to be welcoming Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to the Travel Mart in Seychelles. "We are a good destination to be used as the example to showcase tourism. Our tourism industry remains the pillar of our economy and yet we have managed to remain environmentally friendly and developing a sustainable style of tourism. We are not after mass tourism, but prefer the personalized approach to tourism development as we continue to protect over 0% of our total land area as National Parks" Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.