Published on : Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange is calling for more support for investments in facilities planned to encourage tourists to the islands to spend more, and facilities that at the same time will be a recreational and educational attraction for Seychellois as a whole.
“Local financial institutions have a duty to encourage such projects especially when the promoter is a Seychellois” said Minister St.Ange.
“These such facilities” he said, “will help to increase the yield we get from the tourism sector”.Minister St.Ange made this appeal after visiting an attractive and sophisticated tropical marine aquarium project that is being built at Eden Plaza, on the Eden Island.
Minister St.Ange was being accompanied to the aquarium project by the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken and director for international cooperation in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Miera Savy.
At the new aquarium project at the Eden Plaza he met and talked to the promoter Charles Savy, who has designed and built the aquarium. Discussions were centred on the challenges facing such new developments seen as tourism-related projects, especially with regards to access to finance.
“There is a need for us to back up such tourism-supporting projects like this one, and we must encourage our local banks to support these such initiatives as they are a plus to our tourism industry,” Minister St.Ange said.
The setting up of this aquarium follows the call made by Minister St.Ange and recommendations by the International Monetary Fund, to create value-added products for visitors to our shores to enjoy and at which they can spend their holiday dollar.