Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, is in Madrid leading a small delegation to the FITUR Tourism Trade Fair. He is being accompanied by Bernadette Willemin, Director for Europe for the Seychelles Tourism Board; Monica Gonzalez Llinas, the Tourism Board’s Marketing Executive for its Spanish Office; and Maria Sebastian, the Spanish Marketing Manager for Seychelles European Reservation.
Spain remains a small but interesting market for Seychelles, and FITUR remains the main tourism fair for the region. With over 160 participating countries in this 2013 edition of FITUR, Seychelles continues to position itself as the destination for the discerning holidaymakers looking for a personalized tourism concept away from mass and charter tourism.
In Madrid, Minister St.Ange is also expected to meet with the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Mr.Taleb Rifai, to discuss the bid by the islands for a seat on the Executive Council of the UNWTO and the desire for Seychelles to see the Slave Ruins of their Mission Lodge as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
He is also set to meet the South African Minister for Tourism, Mr. Marthinus Van Schalkwyk; the Zambian Minister for Tourism and Arts, Mrs. Sylvia Masebo; and the Zimababwe Minister for Tourism, Mr. Walter Zembi.
Les Seychelles sont un membre fondateur de la Coalition internationale des partenaires du tourisme (CIPT).