Minister meets Seychellois tourism students in Ireland


Minister St Ange and his delegation in a souvenir photograph with the students

They said so when they met the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Alain St Ange, who was on a visit last week at the college.

The minister was accompanied by Elsia Grandcourt, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and Flavien Joubert, the principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA).

The students are undertaking their Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management at the Shannon College, a partner of the National University of Ireland that has been collaborating with the Seychelles for the last four years.

Minister St Ange addressed the students gathered in a lecture room of the college before opening the floor for them to update the Seychelles delegation on their impressions and feelings about their training and living conditions in Ireland.

The students -- Nelly Chetty, Sherelle Choppy, Frederika Confait, Diane Dupres, Ursula Esparon, Charles Etienne, Venessa Ikarakwu, Jean-Marc Larue, Geneviève Leon, Valerie Petumber, Fenella Plows, Erron Raoul, Lee-Anne Rath, Neil Moncherry, Alexander Leccadito, Tiffany Gold, Peter Alvis, Serge Benoiton -- all said that they are satisfied with their studies and that they found Shannon College to be at the level they expected and wanted for their training. They also confirmed that the living accommodation and general setup was good.

Fourteen of the students are in Ireland as part of the Government of Seychelles further training programme and four are at the college as private funded students.

Minister St Ange said after the meeting that he was happy to have had the opportunity to meet this large group of Seychellois students.

Minister St Ange and his delegation being welcomed by college director Phillippe Smyth

"This is a big group of Seychellois students following further training to join the industry that remains the pillar of our island's economy. We needed to see them, and we needed to hear from them. They will be the leaders of our industry in the future and it is not only our duty, but it is also our responsibility to follow their training to ensure we get for Seychelles what we need for the future of the Seychelles tourism industry," Minister St Ange said.

Minister St Ange was received on his arrival at the Shannon College of Hotel Management by its director by Philippe J. Smyth.

The Seychelles delegation also had the chance to discuss with the directors and lecturers of the college the existing cooperation between the STA and the college.

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