MINISTERS DISTINGUISHED GUESTS COLLEAGUES LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
I am indeed honored to address you today on behalf of our Association…SHTA on this important occasion..
Important because the decisions taken at the workshop that has been taking place over the last three days will be of paramount importance to the success of our industry for the coming year and beyond.
We thank all the delegates from both the public as well as the private sectors who were present at the workshop for their time and also their invaluable contribution towards making this marketing meeting a
With the scarce resources at their disposal STB will certainly have to manage the situation with prudence and care.
Competition from other Tourism destinations is becoming increasingly fierce and ruthless.
I take this opportunity to reassure STB of SHTA’S firm commitment to remain active partners in STB’s endeavor to market the destination and to work continually alongside as an advisory body to STB and
their marketing plans and strategies..
It is precisely for this in mind that SHTA has appointed a very high profile team of professionals to collaborate on marketing matters with STB.
I wish to thank the Government for having accepted us in that capacity.
I must emphasize that the role of the SHTA Marketing Committee is one of an advisory nature and NOT one of decision making which remains the role and prerogative of the STB BOARD.
Yes ladies and gentlemen Seychelles as a destination has been blessed with uncountable natural assets which makes it attractive to tourists and enviable to our competitors.
Let us not for once rest on our laurels.
Let us take stock of what is happening inside our beautiful country which slowly is making it more difficult to sell and less attractive to our visitors.
It is imperative that more attention is paid to the environment …… AS pure as it gets MUST NOT BE SOMETHING OF THE PAST…..It is an indispensable selling point ….
Loud music on the beaches and elsewhere,litter and general pollution, stray dogs and cats are getting too common and soon if nothing is done will impact negatively on all the effort and money we spend as a
country on marketing the destination.
AS SAFE AS IT GETS must remain our guiding principle ……crime and insecurity must be halted by all means.
Tourism is everyone’s business and not only the responsibility of STB or the MINISTRY OF TOURISM.
SHTA begs all Ministries … Government Agencies and the public at large to work in a concerted effort so that THE PILLAR OF THE ECONOMY can achieve its objectives and ensure that
The country as a whole benefits.
Ladies and gentlemen AIR ACCESS remains a big worry for the development of our industry. I appeal to the Ministries concerned to do all in their power to encourage more airlines
to serve our destination and without delay to seek all venues and possibilities to re-establish our much needed direct route to Europe . The lack of a direct route to our main markets
puts Seychelles at a disadvantage compared to our regional competitors to say the least.
Before I finish allow me to again call on the Ministries concerned to ensure that Seychelles does not become a replica of some Mediterranean resorts with hotels and other tourism establishments
lining our beaches and thus eventually making our cherished motto….. UNIQUE BY A THOUSAND MILES meaningless.
I wish all the delegates courage and determination in their difficult task ahead and thank all of you present for having had the patience to listen to me.