Seychelles Minister leaves Comoros after a successful mission in his capacity as Head of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands

Published on : Friday, December 20, 2013

South-Africa-SeychellesMinister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles left Comoros on Tuesday afternoon to Mayotte Island saying that his working visit to the island of Comoros had been a success.

Minister Bahiat Massoundi, the Comoros Minister responsible for Post Offices, Telecommunication, new Information Technology, Communication, Transport and Tourism had personally made time to meet the Minister from the Seychelles, who was also in the Comoros in his capacity as President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. The Minister of the Comoros also used the visit to table concrete propositions for discussion and this will include the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) when she visits the Seychelles on a working visit in January 2014.

“The spectacular natural beauty of the Comoros is underestimated and under sold. The very clear and clean seas lapping the rugged volcanic coastline and its beaches is indeed amazing. The openness of this big island I saw is indeed surprising and it is clear that together in the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands we can work with Comoros to increase their visibility and see how their hotel infrastructure can be enhanced and the training for the service industry intensified. For example we have a Tourism Academy in the Seychelles, and the big question is why have we taken so long to see how the needs on one member state can be looked at through facilities or know how from the other member states. This visit has been an eye opener for me and for the other delegates coming from La Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius” Minister Alain St.Ange said to the press at his departure from the Comoros.

The Comoros used that meeting to confirm that their events that will appear on the Vanilla Islands listing will be held in late August and will bring out the culture and culinary art of the islands into a regional manifestation. This brings the list of published events of the Vanilla Islands to four.

Seychelles pushes its Carnaval International de Victoria in April, Madagascar has its ITF (International Tourism Fair of Madagascar) in May, Comoros has now book August with they Culture & Culinary event and La Reunion has in December the Festival celebrating the abolition of slavery.

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