Seychelles, the Routes Africa 2012 host country, head for Routes Asia 2012


Minister St Ange (second to the left) with the delegates attending the Routes Asia 2012

The Seychelles’ delegation to China is headed by the islands’ Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange, and comprises the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, the STB consultant and copywriter, Glynn Burridge, along with the tourism board’s marketing executive, Amy Michel.

The delegation also includes members of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), who have teamed up with the STB to organise the islands’ hosting of the 7th Routes Africa. Members of the SCAA who will be representing Seychelles at the Routes Asia 2012 include its general manager for operations Wilfred Fock-Tave, and air transport officer Florence Marengo.

Seychelles will be hosting the Routes Africa 2012, which will bring together routes development professionals from the African region and beyond from July 8-10.

Routes Asia 2012 – which is similar to Routes Africa – is the route development forum for the Asian countries, and is being hosted this year by Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA), currently the largest air hub and passenger and cargo distribution centre in the central western region of China.

The Seychelles delegation at Routes Asia 2012 will use their three square-metre stand to get Seychelles and Routes Africa 2012 visible to all who take part.

Mrs Grandcourt has said that this conference is giving Seychelles the perfect chance of being showcased as a holiday destination, as well as to be promoted as the future host of Routes Africa 2012.

“It is opportune for Seychelles to be part of Routes Asia 2012 as the region is a promising market that can help increase tourist arrivals to our shores, and the conference will enable us to show what our islands offer as a holiday destination,” said Mrs Grandcourt.

“Furthermore, it is the ideal platform for us to attract and encourage potential routes development professionals to take part in the Routes Africa 2012 that we will be hosting in July,” added Mrs Grandcourt.

Seychelles’ taking part at Routes Asia 2012 will also open the door to further discussions on air accessibility between Asia and Seychelles as the islands are looking into the possibility of being linked to the Asian region, noted Mrs Grandcourt.

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