The star studded event at the Beachcomber French Riviera Resort & Spa and its Mouratoglou Tennis Academy was an opportunity for the Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles and Mauritius to pursue sports tourism as a new niche market, as they met stars, press and those in the who's who list to keep their islands visible.
The Grand Opening of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy coincided with this year's French Tourism Trade Fair of Paris but star studded event was seen as an opportunity for Alain St.Ange, the Tourism and Culture Minister of the Seychelles, Gilbert Espitalier-Noel, the CEO of the Beachcomber Hotel and Resorts Group who was being accompanied by Francois Venin, the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Beachcomber Hotels and Resorts and Arnaud Martin, the President of the MTPA , the Mauritius Tourism Promotional Authority to join the entire Tennis Sport Celebrities & Champions attending this much awaited opening ceremony.
The whole international sport media as well as politicians and of course worldwide influential people will gather for the Grand Opening of the Mouratoglou Academy.
The French press had been saying that this was going to be the biggest French event since years and years. Minister St.Ange said that for the Seychelles this event coming a perfect timing when all eyes are glued on tourism with the French Tourism Trade Fair of Paris to again position Seychelles on the French Tourism Market.
"This is our main source market and as we are looking at again increasing direct non-stop flights with Air Seychelles between Paris and Seychelles we need to leave no stones unturned in our work to continue to claim our fair share of this important market" said Minister St.Ange before adding that developing sports tourism is interesting for Seychelles because the islands have perfect facilities, perfect all-year-round summer weather and have the most pleasant of environments.
"We cannot say it often enough but in the troubled world we are living in today Seychelles remains a safe tourism destination and we are a visa free country. We now need to only to get on sports celebrity circuit. Being present at this grand opening of the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy is just timely" said the Seychelles Minister.