Seychelles set to consolidate friendly ties with South Africa


Minister Xasa and Minister St Ange at the Seychelles stand at Indaba

Minister Xasa was greeted at the Seychelles stand by Alain St Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture.

Deputy Minister Xasa was accompanied by the chairman of South Africa Tourism and other high level officials. His visit at the Seychelles stand was an opportunity for Minister St Ange to remind the South African dignitaries of the exceptional beauty of the tropical islands of Seychelles, now fast becoming the new destination for South African holidaymakers.

Minister St Ange also took the opportunity to tell Minister Xasa and her delegation that Air Seychelles has now confirmed to increase its weekly service to Johannesburg to four flights as from January 2013.

“Seychelles has always been the dream holiday tropical islands for South Africans,” Minister St Ange told the press in South Africa.

Minister St Ange also met South African Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk and they discussed cooperation between our two countries and the forthcoming Routes Africa conference due to be held in Seychelles in July.

Minister St Ange and South African Minister for Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk

Minister Van Schalkwyk is one of the ministers from Africa who have been invited to address Routes Africa alongside Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs & Transport Joel Morgan and Zimbabwe’s Minister for Tourism.

Didier Robert, président of La Région Réunion, and the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines among other industry leaders and professionals will also address the conference.

South African TV and written press are also expected to travel to Seychelles to cover Routes Africa 2012 and the presentation by Minister Van Schalkwyk.

“The visit by the South African minister to Seychelles will be an opportunity to consolidate the friendly ties that exist between Seychelles and South Africa. This will be the first visit by Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk to Seychelles and we are convinced he will leave our shores as an ambassador for our islands,” Minister St Ange told the press in Durban, South Africa.