Published on : Monday, July 28, 2014
The Tourism and Culture Minister of Seychelles Alain St.Ange who has again been on the road on the island of Praslin conducting his door-to-door of tourism establishments has spoken on the need for Seychelles to also promote its sought after uniqueness to the Seychellois through a more aggressive domestic tourism call.
“The diversity of our islands and the recent increase in development by our very own people today offering nice, clean and correctly priced small establishments which can be found on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue should open the doors for a more aggressive domestic tourism call. So many small establishments on Praslin are already after the domestic market and are kept busy by visiting government officials and by Mahe or La Digue residents who are taking a break on Praslin” the Minister said this on Friday afternoon after his series of ‘door-to-door’ visits of hotel establishments across Praslin.
On his Friday tour of hotels on Praslin, Minister St.Ange was accompanied by the tourism principal secretary Anne Lafortune and the director of marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board Rose-Marie Hoareau and by late afternoon they had visited 17 tourism establishments in the Baie Ste.Anne district of Praslin. On Saturday Minister St.Ange was joined by Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board.
The Minister’s first stop on Friday after landing on Praslin on board the fast ferry Cat Cocos at 8.30am was at Suzanne’s self-catering, a one-bedroom guest house owned and managed by Suzanne Lesperance. After visiting the place and talking to the owner on the state of her business, her level of occupancy, her pricing policy among other points, Minister St.Ange and his delegation went to Robert Lester’s one-bedroom self-catering apartment named Chez Lester, which is situated just opposite the spectacular beach at Cote D’Or.
Another stop at Cote D’Or was at the Village du Pecheur, a small hotel owned by renowned businesswoman Mary Geers. The beachside property was recently completely rebuilt and is today enjoying very good occupancy level. Even Mrs Geers had to spend the night in another Praslin establishment as her Village du Pecheur was enjoying full house when the Ministerial delegation was on Praslin last Friday.
Mrs Geers used that opportunity to speak about her future investment ideas in the field of tourism and was re-assured by Minister St.Ange that Government remained committed to encourage Seychellois entrepreneurs, small or large to get more involved in the tourism industry because that remained the only way to consolidate the island’s tourism industry for the long term.
After Village du Pecheur, Minister St.Ange proceeded to the next establishment right next-door on the Cote D’Or Beach belonging o Mrs Rose-Mary Rene. The seven-bedroom Rose-Mary’s guest house has seen an injection of new capital investments but they expressed their sadness about the bushes trimmed by the Department of the Environment and just left to rot where they were cut resulting in a messy and unfriendly state of their beachfront environment. Speaking to the Minister, Mrs Rene said she is satisfied with the number of clients she gets and was very happy with the ministerial visit.Among the large hotels visited last Friday were the Berjaya Praslin Beach Hotel and the Paradise Sun Hotel. The challenges
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