In the morning he was greeted by the Managing Director of Vision Voyage, located at the Sound and Vision building in town. Vision Voyage has been in operation for some seven years now and is currently employing a dozen staff. The United Arabs Emirates, the Middle East and Europe, which were amongst their main markets, have been slow in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, except for Israel and India, which are doing fairly well at the moment.
In the afternoon, Minister Radegonde went to visit Creole Travel Services, located at Orion Mall. He was welcomed by the Managing Director, Mr Guillaume Albert, and the General Manager, Mr Eric Renard. Creole Travel Services is another leading DMC on the island, operating since 1999. Today it employs 122 staff.
Their biggest markets have been Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Italy. At the moment their focus is Eastern Europe and Russia.
With the opening of our borders on the 25th of March, the forward bookings look very promising and they appreciate the government’s decision to allow cruise ships to come to our ports.
During discussions at both DMCs, several issues were voiced out. They include the challenges they are faced with during this dire moment, the need to improve the country’s products and bring value to the destination such as better road infrastructure, proper lighting in districts, for example at Beau Vallon, putting public signage, the need to beautify and bring more entertainment in the communities, amongst others.
Minister Sylvestre Radegonde has expressed his desire to work with all the relevant tourism partners to further boost the industry.