The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange, ended a two-day working visit in La Reunion with a meeting with TV and written press of La Reunion so as to update the Indian Ocean French Island on the Vanilla Islands Carnival that is staged annually in Seychelles in early March.
Alain St.Ange and his La Reunion counterpart, Pascal Viroleau, held joint meetings with the island’s regional government on La Reunion’s part as a co-organizer of the “Carnaval International de Victoria,” the Indian Ocean Vanilla island’s annual carnival that overtakes the region every March. La Reunion Island is using the carnival to increase its own visibility as a tourism destination and is working hand in hand with Seychelles to be well featured on all publications being prepared for the 56 plus international press contingent descending on Seychelles for the carnival of carnivals.
The French Television, RFO, interviewed Alain St.Ange and Pascal Viroleau on details about this unique carnival staged on the mid-ocean islands of the Seychelles. Pierre Gault, the RFO Journalist, Zinfos 974, and Le Quotidien, all received briefings on the 2012 edition of the unique carnival.
The island of La Reunion together with the Seychelles form part of the Vanilla Islands Group alongside Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, and Mayotte. The two islands have solidified their partnership when they agreed to become co-owners of their region’s carnival. Madagascar Island will be having a delegation in the carnival procession. The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, it was confirmed, has re-issued an invitation to Mauritius to join the Vanilla Island’s Carnival and raise the profile of the region, which remains so dependent on tourism as an industry.
La Reunion will see its President, Mr. Didier Robert, lead their delegation to the carnival, which will be a hundred person strong to showcase the diversity of culture in the people of their island.