Mauritius Tourism Minister boosts tie-up with Seychelles on Vanilla Islands project
The exchange between Mauritius tourism minister, Xavier-Luc Duval (right), and his Seychelles counterpart, Alain St.Ange, focused on measures that would consolidate the partnership between the two islands, notably with regards to the Vanilla Islands, an initiative which saw the participation of both islands since its beginning. (Image: maurice-info)
Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Xavier-Luc Duval, and Seychelles Tourism and Culture Minister, Alain St.Ange met to explore future collaborative routes over the Vanilla Islands project and to strengthen the ties between the two countries.
Xavier-Luc met his Seychelles counterpart in charge for Tourism and Culture, Minister Alain St.Ange, for the first time since the appointment of the new government.
The exchange focused on measures that would consolidate the partnership between Mauritius and Seychelles, notably with regards to the Vanilla Islands, an initiative which saw the participation of both islands since its beginning.
The two ministers highlighted the need to have a shared hotel grading system and to develop cruise-based tourism in the region in the future.
Minister Duval also grasped this opportunity to strengthen ties between the two islands which have nearly the same historical past by confirming Mauritius presence at the Seychelles annual Carnaval International de Victoria.
The meeting saw strong delegations from both sides – Mrs K. O. Fong Weng-Poorun, the Senior Chief Executive in the Ministry of Tourism and External Communications of Mauritius; Mr. Arnaud Martin, the Chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA); and Mr. Karl Mootoosamy, the CEO of the MTPA on the Mauritius side; and from the Seychelles side, Ms. Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board; Mrs. Bernadette Willemin, the Director for Europe for the Seychelles Tourism Board; Mr. Andre Ciseau, the CEO of the Seychelles Ports Authority; and Mrs. Edith Hunzinger, the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.