Published on : Thursday, July 31, 2014
A twenty-plus delegation from the Seychelles tourism and business community are traveling to Delhi and Mumbai this weekend for different meetings that are set to help position the islands as a holiday destination for Indian holidaymakers.
On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Indian Association of Seychelles met with Minister St.Ange at his offices at ESPACE to put final touches to the Seychelles delegation’s program in the two Indian cities they will be visiting next week.
The delegation from the Seychelles traveling to India is being led by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, and he will be joined by Waven William, the Seychelles High Commissioner accredited to India, and will include Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board; Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture; Gilbert Faure, the CEO of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority; V.J. Patel, the Chairman of the Indian Association of Seychelles and head of VIJAY Constructions; Marco Francis, the Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industries; Ramakrishnan Pillay, the CEO and Chairman of the Pillay R. Group; Shanmouga Pillay of Kannus; Narendra Raghvani of Sahajanand Builders; Narasimhan Ramani, a Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary; Pravin Darad, the Managing Director of Allied Builders; Rose-Marie Hoareau, the Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board; Manish Jha of the Avani Resort; Savio Perera of 7 Degrees South; Tekla Maira of Raffles Praslin Seychelles; Amian Roy of Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel; Gaurai Rai and Prahlad Singh Chauhan of Le Relax Management Limited; Komal Seth and Aletiya Sing of Beachcomber Group of Hotels; Manas Sinha of Banyan Tree Seychelles; and Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization.
In Delhi, Minister St.Ange will join Minister Shripad Naik, the Indian Minister of State for Tourism with responsibility for Culture, and Sagar Ahluwalla, the Secretary General of PATWA, and other ministers of tourism from different Indian states to address the PATWA Seminar on Tourism. Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, the Asia Representative of the UNWTO [UN World Tourism Organization], and Sujit Banerjee, the Secretary General of the WTTC [World Travel & Tourism Council] will also be joining the meeting.
A Seychelles roadshow is also planned where tourism trade partners of India will meet Seychelles tourism operators who are traveling to India to get themselves and Seychelles more known. A series of B2B networking sessions is also on the program for the Seychelles delegation.