Praslin project highlights heritage sites


17-November-2011

The launch of the Praslin Heritage Route project

Information about the sites is also being published in brochures and booklets so as to promote Seychelles’ rich heritage tourism potential and to attract the local community to know more about the sites, he said.

“The project is in line with the President James Michel’s call and the Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) efforts to create a brand that reflects a rich combination of the natural and cultural attraction of our islands,” he said.

The Praslin Heritage Route (PHR) project is being done by the foundation with the support of various partners and individuals, and is being funded by the Raffles Hotel.

“The project is part of a series of similar heritage trails or routes which the SHF is doing in various parts of the country with the input of the private sector, especially tourism establishments.

The PHR covers 25 sites which now have signposts and have been highlighted in English and French publications.
 
“The SHF intends to add other sites to the existing route and publish information about them in other languages.

The project was launched as part of the Creole Festival, in an event attended by Minister for Social Development and Culture Bernard Shamlaye, members of the National Assembly for the island, the management and staff of the SHF and of the Raffles Hotel as well representatives of various organisations, schools and the local community.

The chairman and chief executive of the SHF, Patrick Nanty, stressed the need for the project to be further developed and to contribute to the promotion of local heritage industries and in a larger context, to cultural tourism.

Speaking on behalf of the Praslin community, district administrator Moses Barbé thanked the SHF and Raffles Hotel for their insight and sense of initiative in developing a valuable project for the preservation of Praslin’s rich heritage and its contribution to the island’s economic development.

Construction consultant Grant Heyer welcomed the contributions to the project and to the community of Praslin, and hoped the project will encourage other tourism establishments to support similar initiatives in other parts of Seychelles such as the proposed La Digue Heritage Route project which the SHF is working on.

All schools on Praslin were given brochures talking about the sites and the launch ceremony guests were taken on a bus tour around the locations.
The SHF thanked all the partners who contributed to the project.

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