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Post  Sirop14 on Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:37 am

Three hotels re-certified with sustainability label

21-January-2015

Three tourism establishments – Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino, Hanneman Holiday Residence and Ephelia Resort – have been re-certified with the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL).

The general managers of the three establishments received their re-certification certificate by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange in a ceremony yesterday afternoon at the ministry’s conference room at Espace building.

Also present were the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune and the director for certification and standards Sinha Levkovic.
The three establishments were certified in 2012 after accumulating the required 60 points. They were re-assessed in 2014 and as they scored the 10 extra points required by SSTL, this qualified them for re-certification.

The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme designed specifically for use in Seychelles. It is voluntary, user-friendly and designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. The SSTL is presently applicable to hotels of all sizes.

The vision of the SSTL is that every hotel enterprise in Seychelles integrates sustainability practices in their business operations. Its mission is to encourage hotels in Seychelles to mainstream sustainability practices into their business operations to safeguard the biodiversity and culture of Seychelles.

“It is always important for us to look at what we plan to do in Seychelles vis-à-vis tourism. Sustainable tourism is what we need to embark on if we really want to consolidate our tourism industry for the long term,” said Minister St Ange in a short address for the occasion.

He expressed his admiration to the three establishments for having followed what the Creative Industry and National Events Agency (Cinea) has been asking in trying to have a framework in their management that also takes care of what Seychelles says it is.

The minister said sustainable tourism is an approach which is environmentally-friendly and that he looks forward to the establishments becoming good custodians of what we have in this country so that visitors in the long run can also see what we say we are today.

He mentioned the need for more coverage and publicity for such establishments to say they have this framework which he describes as the only way to have more people to join.

“We need to give you an extra drive, an extra push in your marketing to say you are environmentally-friendly because you followed a sustainable tourism label framework,” said Minister St Ange.

Describing what the SSTL entails and going through a brief history of it, PS Lafortune explained that the three establishments present were the first three hotels that applied for that label and their re-certification process they went through.

She urged other hotels to look up to them as examples and embark on the certification process.

Tourism establishments should obtain a minimum of 60 points to certify for the Sustainable Tourism Label. Large tourism establishments have to gain 62 points out of 162; medium establishments 54 out of 162 and small ones 46 out of 162.

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100 local tourism establishments awarded TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence

Post  Sirop14 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:11 pm

100 local tourism establishments awarded TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence

What a proud moment for the tourism industry in Seychelles! A total of 100 tourism establishments officially received their TripAdvisor certificate of excellence yesterday at the Savoy Resort and Spa, Beau Vallon.

The event was organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) in collaboration with TripAdvisor whose destination marketing organisation manager, Chad Shiver, attended this first of its kind event in Seychelles alongside Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange, tourism principal secretary Anne Lafortune, STB chief executive Sherin Naiken and the chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marco Francis.

“It is a great joy for Seychelles to witness so many establishments receiving a certificate in excellence. Our visitors are finally recognising the products we are offering and we are indeed on the right path.

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President opens first phase of new tourism academy

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:31 pm

President opens first phase of new tourism academy

27-June-2015




Modern and well-equipped classrooms, an ICT (Information and Communication Technology) section, a specialised library, office space and a modern kitchen and new restaurant, those are the new facilities built as part of the first phase of the new Hotel and Tourism Academy building at La Misère.

It was President James Michel who had the honour to unveil the plaque to officially inaugurate the new facilities, in the company of Vice-President Danny Faure, Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange and the academy’s principal Flavien Joubert. Other guests included members of the diplomatic corps, members of the National Assembly (MNAs), members of the National Celebrations Committee and of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) as well as lecturers and students.

In a short speech, Minister St Ange described the occasion as “a great day”, as he feels that “we have delivered for the trade, the country and more importantly for the students who aspire to join the trade which remains the pillar of Seychelles’ economy”.

He remarked that under the leadership of President Michel, the country has been able, added to an inter-ministerial committee which permits discussions with other government sectors of the tourism trade, to establish a perfect public-private partnership which involves the SHTA and private operators. He believes that this has helped the trade deliver on the president’s vision to take back our tourism industry.

“These types of operations are an example to other countries in the world,” Minister St Ange said, adding that “government has realised that if we want to keep our five-star status as a tourist destination, we must invest in necessary facilities”.

“There is nothing best to learn in the atmosphere that Seychelles offers the best,” commented the minister responsible for tourism.

He went on to remind that the STA is, with the help of the French government, the first educational institution in the country to offer half of its courses in French and half in English. He noted that in the spirit of regional cooperation in the field of tourism, the relations with France and its Indian Ocean dependencies of Reunion and Mayotte will continue.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=245874

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Interview with Terry Munro, the managing director of Beachcomber Tours

Post  Sirop14 on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:36 pm

Interview with Terry Munro, the managing director of Beachcomber Tours

27-June-2015



South Africa: an ever growing market for Seychelles

Seychelles’ market share in South Africa is growing fast with some aggressive marketing moves by the Seychelles tourism authorities. This isMr Munro confirmed by Terry Munro, the managing director of Beachcomber Tours, one of the pioneers and leading South African tour operators for Seychelles.

He welcomes the policy of continued growth adopted by Seychelles and believes that the increasing air seats availability will add to the increase of the market share.

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Sustainable tourism workshop promotes biodiversity investment

Post  Sirop14 on Thu May 12, 2016 7:50 am

Sustainable tourism workshop promotes biodiversity investment

12-May-2016
Mr Decommarmond addressing delegates at the launch of the workshopMembers of the tourism trade yesterday attended a Sustainable Tourism Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The workshop was held at the Eden Bleu as part of the UNDP-led Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) project which was launched in Seychelles in 2014. It is aimed at providing countries with an innovative methodology for increased investment in biodiversity financing.
The main objective of the workshop was to provide a platform where the Seychelles’ tourism operators along with the ENGOs (Environmental Non-governmental Organisations) can invest more in biodiversity conservation.
While launching the workshop, the principal secretary (PS) for Environment Alain Decommarmond described it as a unique global project, saying it is the first of its kind to bring the environment and financial sectors as one and the first to think of a systematic approach and framework for biodiversity financing.
He added that while the ministry responsible for environment has an important and active role to play in its implementation, government cannot go along alone and the tourism sector has a contribution to make in conservation, which he insisted is part of the same industry that tourism actors rely on.
“We are both interdependent of each other and we must see how we can move together towards the goal of sustainable tourism,” he said.
Hoping the workshop will be the start of a long-term partnership in sustainable tourism with one common objective for Seychelles’ biodiversity and tourism industry, the PS was grateful to UNDP, the European Union (EU) and other European countries for supporting the project.
Representatives of some of those countries were present at the opening ceremony. They included the British high commissioner Caron Rohsler, First Secretary in the French Embassy Patrick Buzaud and Honorary Consul of Norway Chrystold Chetty.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=249389

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