SEYCHELLES CELEBRATE WORLD TOURISM DAY WITH ‘THE SEYCHELLES BALL’
(Posted 19th September 2013)
World Tourism Day, celebrated across the world on the 27th September, will see the Seychelles’ who is who come together at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort and Casino for their annual gala night. Tourism, one of the archipelago’s mainstream economic activities, has taken off in recent years and the Seychelles Ball has made it on to the islands annual calendar of events as one of the most sought after society nights of the year.
The global tourism day celebration will this year be held in the Maldives, where UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai will be joined by none other than the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange, now that the Maldives have been admitted to the Vanilla Island Organization which was formed two weeks ago on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. It was on the 09th of September that the 7 member countries La Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte, Comoros, Seychelles and Maldives agreed on a nine point La Reunion Declaration which will now be the guiding ‘bible’ of future cooperation and areas of common interest.
The UNWTO then over the next two days held a special conference on sustainable tourism developments in small island countries, attended by over 150 foreign participants from as far as Fiji in the South Pacific over the Indian Ocean islands to the Caribbean. The announcement in Reunion that UNWTO’s choice of celebrating World Tourism Day was given to the Maldives can therefore be seen in this new light.
Meanwhile though are final preparations for the Seychelles’ tourism industry’s biggest social event of every year in full swing and full house is expected as reportedly not a single ticket is available for late comers. A toast and three cheers on a night surely to remember.