Special mass held for tourism industry workers | 26 September 2019
Representatives and officials from entities and departments under the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine yesterday attended a special Tourism Day Mass at St Theresa’s Church Plaisance.
The mass, presided over by Deacon Louis Agathine and Father Pierre Madeila, was attended by employees of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) and students of Plaisance secondary school among others.
Students of the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) were also present to animate the service with their upbeat interpretations of well-known hymns.
Father Madeila requested everyone present to pray for all involved in the tourism industry and to show gratitude for all the tourism-related activities in the country, which has created jobs for many and which contributes significantly towards the local economy.
Similarly, Deacon Agathine spoke of the importance of a pleasant and positive approach noting the importance of making visitors and clients feel welcomed and encouraged others to adopt a positive approach during their daily lives.
“Take for instance the tourism industry, visitors need to be greeted with a warm smile. It is important that everyone knows their responsibilities and that they are willing to listen, work hard and work collectively for the benefit of the country and everyone as Jesus wanted us to,” Deacon Agathine noted.
He continued on to commend employees working in the industry noting that it is not easy as such jobs require lots of sacrifices to be made by the employees themselves and their families and thanked them for supporting their loved ones who have chosen a career in tourism.
Addressing the young students of STA who will soon be joining the industry, Deacon Agathine encouraged them to make the most of the opportunity and learn not just from the institution, but also from others around them, namely, their lecturers and other great and inspiring personalities in tourism.
Offerings in the form of goodie hampers were also offered by tourism officials.
The tourism mass was just one of the multiple activities organised for Tourism Week, which seeks to shed light on the importance of tourism to Seychelles.
Tourism Week was officially launched on Saturday 21 with a lavish ball at Constance Ephelia Resort Seychelles. Numerous other activities including food fiestas and student forums took place over the last few days.
Tourism week will officially come to a close tomorrow.