Seychelles and Reunion agree to keep on co-hosting carnival


Minister St Ange (right) and Mr Robert signing the agreement

A memorandum of understanding was signed on Thursday evening to make the agreement formal, signed on Seychelles’ behalf by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange and for Reunion by the President of the Regional Council Didier Robert.

This was at the Constance Ephelia Resort, in the presence of both local and foreign ministers, media teams and delegates from many countries such as China, Hawaii, Mauritius, Madagascar, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Reunion.

For three years now, Reunion and Seychelles have been collaborating in organising the carnival and now the MoU formalises the working partnership.

After the signing, Minister St Ange said Reunion island as a co-host gives Seychelles R1.8 million to help make the carnival what it is today and give the island essential visibility on the tourism market.
“We have today made a formal contract with Reunion island, who will remain a partner of Seychelles in organising the carnival,” he said.

“We have a good working partnership with Reunion and it is this great mutual agreement that consolidates the success of our work when we join up.”

Minister St Ange said Reunion will also remain a partner in the hotel industry, where they will continue with exchange programmes. This includes students from Reunion coming to Seychelles as part of their studies, and vice-versa.

The event also served as a press conference, where the various delegates and media teams could seek clarifications about the carnival, which was officially launched yesterday evening.

Some of the countries present also presented promotional materials about their countries, and invited the other guests to come see for themselves the wonders and attractions that they have.

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