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Seychelles intensifies preparations to become the first African host of the FINA Marathon Swim World Series

Elite swimmers wishing to take part in the FINA/Hosa Marathon Swim World Series to be held in Seychelles on May 20, 2018, have already started to register. Preparations are well underway with only 32 days remaining before elite swimmers from across the globe converge to the Beau Vallon Beach next month. The FINA/Hosa Marathon Swim World Series is an annually ...

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The Seychelles Tourism Academy and the Shannon College of Hotel Management chart course for future cooperation

The Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) and the Shannon College of Hotel Management (SCHM)- a recognised college of the National University of Ireland (NUI) have discussed the way forward, after 10 years of cooperation. The Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, led a Seychellois delegation that was invited to Ireland to review the cooperation between the two hospitality training institutions. Mrs ...

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Seychelles Tourism Academy renews decade-old agreement with Constance Training Academy, Shannon College of Hotel Management joins partnership

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. ...

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Tourism Department produces new leaflet providing useful tips for a safer and memorable hiking experience

The Tourism Department has launched a new leaflet providing tips to hikers, especially tourists, keen to explore Seychelles’ walks and trails. The leaflet has been produced by the Risk Management Section within the Tourism Department, in collaboration with other partners including the Seychelles National Parks Authority and Seychelles police. The Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune and the Director Risk ...

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Tourism Minister visits AIDA Aura belonging to the latest cruise brand to include Seychelles on its itinerary

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, visited AIDA Aura, one of two cruise ships docked in Port Victoria on Tuesday December 19, 2017. Minister Loustau-Lalanne was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Ports Authority, Colonel André Ciseau. AIDA Cruises is one of eleven brands operated ...

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Seychelles explores energy efficiency in the tourism sector with the help of experts from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba

Seychelles is hosting a training workshop on sustainable tourism, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. The two and a half day workshop hosted by the Tourism Department was officially opened on Wednesday December 13, 2017, at the Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel at Beau Vallon. Two experts from the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research (TNO) – Juan Avellaner ...

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Fourth edition of the Seychelles Regatta set for 2018

The Seychelles Regatta — a sailing competition designed to take place in a relaxed atmosphere — returns to the island nation’s shores in 2018. This was announced by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, during a press conference on Monday December 11, 2017. The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, Director for Europe, ...

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Tourism ministry moves to tackle illegal holiday rentals in Seychelles – unlicensed accommodations given three months to comply

The Ministry responsible for tourism has announced measures aimed at addressing the issue of illegal holiday rentals, which is on the increase in Seychelles. Proprietors of illegal tourism accommodations have three months — from Tuesday December 12, 2017, to Monday March 12, 2018 — to regularize their activities. The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, ...

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Twenty-three prospective tour guides obtain competency certificates following three-day training at the Seychelles Tourism Academy

Twenty-three individuals have completed a basic course in tour guiding, organized by the Department of Tourism and the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA). The group received their certificate of competency from the hands of the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune. This was in a short ceremony at the Department’s headquarters at Botanical House, Mont Fleuri, on Friday November 17, 2017. ...

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New Enchanted Waterfront project ‘a symbol of the progress Seychelles is making as a tourism destination’, says Tourism Minister

The Enchanted Island Resort situated on Round Island is extending its brand on Mahé. A new development dubbed the Enchanted Waterfront project was officially unveiled on Thursday November 16, 2017, in a cocktail event on Round Island. This was in the presence of the Shah family, a Seychellois family of Indian origins, who owns the Enchanted Island Resort, representatives of ...

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