Private sector urged to rally behind carnival


17-January-2013

The appeal has been made by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange, who has acknowledged the great contribution by the private sector to the previous two carnivals.

“Their positive response has contributed in shaping the carnival and in bringing it one step ahead of becoming the most talked about and coveted event not only in Seychelles but also in the Indian Ocean and beyond,” Minister St Ange said.

The minister is therefore appealing to the faithful partners and sponsors to once again jump on board the carnival wagon and to rally behind the event.

“The carnival is not solely a Seychelles Tourism Board event, but it should become part and parcel of every Seychellois. The nation must take ownership of this event.

 The Carnaval International de Victoria continues to be an opportunity for the country to showcase its attributes as an event-based tourism destination, and in so doing propel the image of a high ranking worldwide event. This is also the same mission by each and every co-host of this coming carnival,” said Minister St Ange.

“Staging such a massive event as the Carnaval International de Victoria can only happen with the consolidated effort of all partners.

 The role played by the private sector and the business community is becoming more than ever important in the hosting of this event.

 The number of local and international delegations are growing year after year, while the carnival is taking a giant leap in becoming one of Seychelles’ indisputable events staged for Seychelles, for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, for Africa and for the world at large,” added Minister St Ange.
 
Urging the private sector to once again be generous for this year’s carnival, Minister St Ange said:

“The success of the carnival can only happen if we all put our hands and efforts together.

 The carnival offers a platform of opportunities for the private sector and the business community to inject their contributions, either through sponsorships or as a participant of the carnival.

 The private sector and business community stands to win from the carnival,” Minister St Ange said.

The Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture recently erected its mega carnival banner on the building of the National Cultural Centre, a sponsorship by a Seychellois, Maryvonne Pool, who lives overseas and is also the Seychelles Tourism Ambassador and the Seychelles Consul in Tanzania.

“This gesture symbolises the support by Seychellois and we all join together to say how we value this commitment by individuals and by local businesses. The Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture need everyone to come forward to help them to increase visibility of the carnival,” said Minister St Ange.

The minister said that the private sector and the local business community should not underestimate the benefits that the Carnaval International de Victoria brings to Seychelles and to the region as a whole.

“The hosting of the Carnaval International de Victoria brings direct benefits to Seychelles. The number of visitors who come for the event, the inflow of foreign exchange and the hotel occupancy level all get a boost.

 The figures are public and everyone can look at the first week of March 2012: the period of the carnival.

 If Seychelles wants to see these figures continue to grow, the private sector and the business community have a responsibility to work with the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to decorate Victoria.

 We all need to rally to dress up one of the smallest capitals in the world as it celebrates its biggest annual event,” said Minister St Ange.

 

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