Seychelles to host tourism trade fair in 2014

  • Published by Vedat
Seychelles is taking the lead in promoting regional tourism and will host a travel and tourism mart with the member states of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) next year to give the industry a further boost.
This comes in the wake of the enthusiastic support that Seychelles and other Vanilla Islands member states of Reunion, Comoros, Mauritius & Mayotte provided to Madagascar for its International Tourism Trade Fair held at the end of May.

Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange in the company of Derek Savy, the Director of marketing for the Vanilla Islands met with the IOR-ARC Secretary General KV Bhagirath recently in Mauritius where the 19-nation group is headquartered.

The IOR-ARC confirmed that the tourism ministers of its member states would come together in the tourism mart in Seychelles in 2014 to discuss how to strengthen and expand the region’s tourism industry. This mart will not only open new avenues for our region but it will further strengthen and solidify the Vanilla Islands organization in its quest to generate more visibility and growth in tourism.

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 are members of the IOR-ARC set up in Mauritius in 1997. China, Japan, Egypt, France and Britain have the status of dialogue partners in the group.

The importance of the Indian Ocean, the world's third largest, as a trade corridor and energy highway is being seen as undeniable as it provides passage to half of the international container ships and more than 70 percent of crude and oil shipments. And the possibilities for tourism growth and expansion within our region are massive.

The association is conducting a tourism feasibility study in the region of which the second phase will commence soon. This study will be vital for the proper planning and strategy formulation, aimed at mapping out the future development of this vital sector within our region.

During the meeting, the Secretary General and the Minister also discussed on strengthening cooperation between the IOR-ARC and the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization, a group currently headed by Minister St.Ange who was reelected as its President for a second term during the annual meeting in Madagascar on June 1st following a joint motion presented by La Reunion, Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte for the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture to consider leading the organization for a second year.

Most Read MICE news since January 1, 2017

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Prev Next


Spend a Romantic Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia

Spend a Romantic Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia

Beginning of December 2016, me and my wife visited Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, and if you are searching for a romantic weekend, then you should consider Tallinn. The Estonian capital offers tra...

Best of Greek Islands with Celestyal Cruises

Best of Greek Islands with Celestyal Cruises

In Summer 2016, I had chance to sail to Greek Islands with the Celestyal Cruises. In an organization with Karavan Cruises, travelers enjoyed best of Greek islands with Celestyal and received a compl...

Unique and Luxurious Vacation Destination in Turkey: Cappadocia

Unique and Luxurious Vacation Destination in Turkey: Cappadocia

ftnNEWS would like to present you a unique vacation idea here in Turkey: Cappadocia Region. Located on the central Anatolia plateau within a volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion to form a successi...