SEYCHELLES MAKES IT ON TO UNWTOS SUSTAINABLE TOURISM COMMITTEE
The extraordinary efforts by the Seychelles to promote sustainable tourism and put the environment first as shown results when during the recently concluded general assembly of member countries of the UNs World Tourism Organization the country was elected to the important sustainable tourism committee.
The archipelagos delegation was led by the Seychelles Tourism Board CEO Alain St. Ange who represented his country at the meeting in South Korea.
The Seychelles has claimed global top spot by dedicating over 50 percent of its territory to protected areas, both on land as well as in the ocean and has only recently launched a green tourism masterplan towards sustainable developments as a further sign of commitment to ensure the long term prosperity of the country which depends, besides fishing, to a large extend on the tourism industry.
Meanwhile it was also learned from Victoria that the government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi to develop a new masterplan for the future development of the archipelagos capital city in conjunction with the Seychelles Planning Authority. Focus of the new masterplan will be largely on transport infrastructure without impacting on the environment, the citys historical buildings and architecture. The team put in place, comprising experts from both countries, will also focus on zoning and areas of future expansion for the city and is expected to submit a report within six months.