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Indian Ocean tourism gets record visibility with Seychelles Carnival

Indian Ocean tourism gets record visibility with Seychelles Carnival

Jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal, the Carnival International de Victoria, which is in its fourth edition, has registered a record-breaking number of international press converging to the islands to cover the event. (Image: Grand Baie)

The 4th edition of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria, to be held between 25th and 27th April, has registered a record-breaking number of international press converging to the islands to cover the event.

“Through this carnival, Seychelles and the region will be more than ever visible globally. We need to put our best foot forward and showcase the richness of our culture and the warmth of our people,” said Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange.

For the first time ever, 151 international journalists from nearly 84 media houses across France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Republic, the Americas, the Middle East, India, South Africa & Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and the Indian Ocean Islands of La Reunion and Mauritius, will all convene in Seychelles.

“It is really great news that the event will have such widespread global coverage,” said the Chief Operating Officer of Tourism KwaZulu Natal, Phindile Ngcobo.

Jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal, the Carnival International de Victoria will have some 26 International Delegations from the Community of Nations parading alongside another 28 odd local floats.

Furthermore, all the world’s major and most known carnivals have already confirmed their presence in the carnival parade on the 26th April in Victoria.

“This year CNN, BBC, French TV RFI, SABC, CCTV, Travel Talk from Canada, Antenne Reunion, OI7 Television, MBC of Mauritius, the Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Television from Italy, Dubai Eye TV, DSTV, Korean Travel News, Tele Kreol of La Reunion, Zone Austral of La Reunion amongst many other members of the Press will all be covering the carnival,” said Alain St.Ange.

“We will ensure that every participating delegation and our co-hosts of La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal also receive due coverage, as serious tourism destinations that have rallied together to showcase their culture and who are proudly putting their people at the center of their tourism promotion,” he added.

It is now, over a week before the official opening of the Carnival, that the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture had to close down the list of international press delegations as demands to cover this path-breaking event keep increasing daily.

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