STA strengthens industry relations with Constance Hotels and Resorts

SEYCHELLES TOURISM ACADEMY CEMENT PARTNERSHIP WITH CONSTANCE HOTELS

(Posted 19th September 2013)

The Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Mr. Flavien Joubert, has welcomed the decision taken last week by the Constance Hotels Group to work with the Seychelles Tourism Academy to encourage more young Seychellois to enter the world of tourism and start a career in the hospitality industry. Constance Hotels and Resorts operates the two largest resorts respectively on the island of Mahe, the Constance Ephelia and on the island of Praslin, the Constance Lemuria.

During the Constance Group’s annual Board of Directors meeting in the Seychelles this week, Mr. Joubert had met on two different occasions with Mr. Valette, the CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts as well as with Mr. Andrew Milton, COO, Mr. George Lee, the Financial Controller, Mr. Guy Adam, Managing Director of Le Refuge du Pecheur, the owners of the Constance Lemuria and Ephelia Resorts in Seychelles, Mr. Claude Narrain and Mr. Mark Marivel, Constance’s Group Human Resources Directors.

Among other points discussed between the two partners was an allowance for Tourism Academy students placed on full-time attachments, and the Constance Hotels Group have agreed that effective from 1st October 2013, all STA full time students on attachment with Constance Hotels will get a monthly allowance of SR1,000/-.

The Seychelles Tourism Academy is operated as part of the island’s Tourism Board with Mrs. Sherin Naiken as CEO and Mr. Flavien Jobert as the Principal of the Academy. STA is undergoing a major transformation with a complete rebuilding over three phases, which when completed will without doubt be the Indian Ocean’s finest hospitality and tourism training institution, located at La Misere with the arguably best view of any such school in sub Saharan Africa. ‘The decision taken by the Constance Hotels Group shows that they want to assist the Tourism Academy to get more young Seychellois into the industry. Their support is really appreciated’ said Flavien Joubert when the added components of their partnership was announced earlier this week.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture congratulated the Constance Hotels Group for their support and said that other hotels and tourism companies needed to be encouraged to do the same. Said the Minister: ‘We are all aware of the difficulties in having the best employees for all the existing vacancies in hotels today. This is why we need to train and keep training. Tourism is the pillar of our economy and we must all believe in the importance of having a trained tourism frontline workforce to move our industry forward. The Constance Hotels Group is setting an example that is worth following’.

Well done indeed to the STA and a well deserved bouquet to Constance Hotels and Resorts for their far reaching agreement which will undoubtedly see them get the best of the best students from the academy.

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