Indian Ocean islands unite to boost tourism
Seeking to give a boost to cultural tourism, the 27th edition of the Seychelles Festival Kreol will see international delegates from Mauritius, Rodrigues and Mexico come together for six days from today to the end of the month. (Image: Festival Kreol Sesel 2013)
Mauritian Vice President Monique Agnes Ohsan Bellepeau and Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange, stressed the need to consolidate cultural tourism to boost the hospitality sector, in an interview aired yesterday in Seychelles.
The popular television show “News Extra” of the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) also saw both ministers comment on the diversity of the people of the region as a strength which would attract people of different races and cultures to the island nations.
Speaking of this visit, her first to the island nation, Bellepeau highlighted the warm welcome she received from the Seychelles authorities.
Bellepeau is in Seychelles – as part of the largest Festival Kreol delegation comprising over a hundred members – for this year’s gathering of Creoles. The event seeks to bring together Creole singers, dancers, musicians and speakers and provide a forum to discuss Creole cultural tourism. The 27th edition of the Seychelles Festival Kreol, the event will last six days starting today and going on till the end of the month.
The other official dignitaries who are also on the island to attend the event are President Didier Robert of Reunion island; Nassimah Dindar, President, General Council of Reunion; and Rose De Lima Edouard, cultural commissioner of Rodrigues island.
Incidentally, emphasizing Seychelles’ importance as a Creole cultural center, the island nation’s capital Victoria is considered the Creole capital of world.
Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture