Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St. Ange meets owners of small hotels

GET ACTIVE UNDER THE SHTA FRAMEWORK ST. ANGE TELLS OWNERS OF SMALL HOTELS

Alain St. Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles, has last week met with a delegation of small hotel and business owners along the ‘Golden Mile’ of Beau Vallon Bay to discuss a range of issue with them they had put on their agenda.

Small, often local business owners engaged in the tourism industry, often face a very different set of challenges and are often confronted with issues larger resorts are spared by the size of their land, perimeter fences and other measures to keep guests free from facing litter, loitering, noisy beach parties, speeding cars and the like.

The Minister, continuing the style he introduced when starting at STB as Director of Tourism Marketing a few years ago, welcomed the discussions and highlighted the ongoing stakeholder consultations to develop the ‘Beau Vallon Golden Mile’ for the benefit of local business as well as of tourists, turning it into a major asset for the island’s tourism industry. It is understood that a number of the meeting participants did in fact then attend the consultations over the ‘Golden Mile project’ yesterday, where proposals were discussed and advanced plans reviewed by stakeholders from a cross section of tourism related businesses but also residents of the area.

The Minister also advised those attending the meeting to form a committee relevant to their cause within the framework of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, in short SHTA, where their interests could be represented by the archipelago’s recognized and indeed very influential industry body, rather than seeking to establish their own association. The Minister drew the parallel with La Digue tourism stakeholders which rather than starting an island association created a committee platform under SHTA where their interests are now looked after and represented at top level. While the Seychelles are for certain not free of problems, it seems that the movers and shakers in tourism leave no stone unturned to actually set out to solve them. Seychelles, truly Another World.

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