The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) organised a cocktail reception at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino on Tuesday evening to thank sponsors, partners and winners of this year’s Carnaval International de Victoria.
The contributors also received certificates of appreciation.
Present at the cocktail reception were Alain St Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture and his principal secretary for tourism, Anne Lafortune; Sherin Naiken, chief executive of STB and her deputy Nathalie Didon; and the chief executive of the National Arts Council (NAC), Jimmy Savy.
“Saying thank you is very, very important. Saying thank you is to show you are appreciated for what you did. We are counting on you to continue making this event, the biggest cultural event of Seychelles, a success that it is,” said Mr St Ange in his address.
He remarked that if we are gathered here it is because we are all friends of Carnaval International de Victoria.
Speaking about the benefits of press coverage, Minister St Ange urged all to see what they can do to contribute towards such publicity instead of looking for benefits they can derive from.
He said it is very important to stage a cultural event that attracts the press.
“The press in Europe or from the four corners of the world do not come here to see the white sandy beaches as they have come a thousand times already. The turquoise blue sea they’ve always seen. They need something that is a catalyst that brings these people to Seychelles. And this catalyst, for the past six years, has been the Carnaval International de Victoria,” said the minister describing it as a carnival where all carnivals meet to showcase diversity and an explosion of culture.
Minister St Ange highlighted the visibility of Seychelles in the world due to the carnival. As everybody depends on tourism in one way or another, we all need to keep working for this global visibility.
Regarding the Festival Kreol, which the minister also made reference to in his speech, he said there is a need to work with the festival to make a difference. And this year STB, the tourism and culture departments and NAC will work together to re-position Festival Kreol. And to make the trade take part the press needs to be brought in as it is them which make the difference.
“As all the other celebrations like Commonwealth Day, Semaine de la Francophonie, China Day, India Day, FetAfrik come together in Festival Kreol, we need to re-launch the festival this year,” added Minister St Ange.
“The Carnaval International de Victoria is put together by a group of people,” said Ms Naiken, adding that is why partners come on board every year to sponsor or collaborate with the organising committee.
She remarked that’s why STB sees it very fitting to have a little reception to say thank you.
“It is the one single event in Seychelles where we get press coverage from all over the world,” she said.
Following recommendations, suggestions and criticisms on the carnival, Ms Naiken said the organising committee is doing a post mortem on the event to see how best to improve on it.
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Seychelles Nation (Seychelles)