A long practice in the Seychelles seems to be coming to an end, whereby the portfolio of tourism was held at top level of government, for several years by the former Vice President H.E. Joseph Belmont until his retirement from public service and then over the past almost two years by H.E. President James Michel himself.
The Office of the President has now announced plans in Victoria that an imminent cabinet reshuffle is in the making and that a new Ministry of Tourism and Culture is to be created.
More details are expected to be sourced while on the Seychelles in coming days, but for now it is clear that tourism is now going to have an own cabinet minister overseeing the industry, perhaps a recognition of the immense progress and strides the sector has made in past years.
Key in this success story is the close partnership between the private and public sector in the Seychelles, with the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association on one side and the Seychelles Tourism Board on the other side, working hand in hand to keep the vital flow of tourist visitors up and growing. STB has under the leadership of Alain St. Ange over the past years made certain that little Seychelles has established a big global profile and increased the destinations visibility across the globe as one of the most desirable holiday, and in particular honeymoon destinations anywhere. Ably assisted by his deputy Elsia Grandcourt, a team of source market based Marketing Directors and Tourism Ambassadors have Alain and his team at their Bel Ombre offices put the Seychelles on the global map and reeled in awards after awards while establishing new arrival records year after year since taking charge.