To mark 10 years of successful collaboration this year, the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) and Mauritius’ Constance Hospitality Training Centre have renewed their partnership, which started in 2008.
The two institutions have signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which now includes a third party, the Shannon College of Hotel Management — a recognised college of the National University of Ireland.
This took place on Tuesday, in a short ceremony at the headquarters of the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, at Botanical House, Mont Fleuri.
The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, signed on behalf of the Seychelles government.
It was Ambassador Loustau-Lalanne himself who initialed the first agreement on behalf of the government in 2008, in his capacity as the then Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
The signing on behalf of Constance Hospitality Training Centre, was done by its General Manager, Claude Narain, while Brigitte Joubert, Manager of Studies for the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management at STA signed on behalf of the Shannon College of Hotel Management.
The Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, Principal of the STA, Flavien Joubert, Chief Executive of the Agency for National Human Resource Development, Nadia Lauricourt, were also present.
The MoU will provide for exchange programmes benefitting both staff and students of the three institutions.
Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne highlighted the great assistance constantly received from the Constance training academy.
“The government has invested a lot of time, money and effort to bring the tourism academy to where it is today … I want to reaffirm the government’s commitment to continue to invest in the tourism academy to ensure that we improve the standard of excellence in service in Seychelles and for this we need partners like yourselves,” said the minister.
General Manager of Constance Hospitality Training Centre, Claude Narain, who is also the Patron of STA said: “By signing the MoU, I must say that Constance Hospitality Training Centre, Constance Hotels and Resort, as well as Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria, we are bonding ourselves for a closer collaboration with the Seychelles Tourism Academy.”
For the Shannon College of Hotel Management, which sends students on internship all over the world including to Seychelles, the partnership will now allow them to send their students to follow internship in Constance Hotels in Mauritius.
First signed in 2008, the agreement between STA and Constance Hospitality Training Centre was renewed in 2011 and 2013.