Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, who headed the 18-strong delegation of Seychelles professionals, said that the support received by the French media surpassed all expectations and that the tour operator meetings confirmed that Seychelles was today occupying a special place as the “holiday destination on demand” with French tour operators.
The Seychelles private sector delegation working with the island’s tourism board on the French market at Top Resa 2011 were Air Seychelles with Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Bram Steller, Gilles Gosselin, Laurent Quemener, Francoise Cristina, Nicole Mancienne, and Genevieve Bertin; Berjaya Beau Vallon Resort&Casino with Johnette Labiche; Creole Travel Services with Guillaume Albert; Desroches Island with Amanda Lang; Kempinski Seychelles Resort with Sanjay Nair; Le Meridien Seychelles with Mathieu De Tonnac; Le Relax Hotels with Rakesh Rai and Robert Toussaint; Mason’s Travel with Paul Lebon; Raffles Praslin Seychelles with Jennifer Delord; and Seychelles Connect with Daniella Alis and Laurent Alis. Bernadette Willemin, the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Director for Europe, and her staff - Laetitia Duchet, Karen Confait, and Jennifer Dupuy - were also part of the official delegation.
Mr. Claude Morel, the Seychelles Ambassador based in Paris, also paid a visit to the Seychelles Top Resa stand and discussed tourism with the participating trade.
During the days of Top Resa 2011, the Seychelles signed a Working Partnership agreement with La Reunion Island, and it was the President de la Region, Mr. Didier Robert, who personally signed on behalf of La Reunion, and Alain St.Ange who signed on behalf of the Seychelles. A second convention between the Seychelles Tourism Board and Air France was also signed at the Seychelles stand at Top Resa, and it was Mr. Alain Malka, the Senior Vice President of Air France for the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, who signed on behalf of Air France with Alain St.Ange signing on behalf of the Seychelles.
The Seychelles delegation also took part in the Vanilla Islands press conference where Alain St.Ange also delivered a short presentation on the Seychelles.
“As a whole, the Seychelles stand at Top Resa 2011 was busy with quality meetings, and the delegation worked hard to keep Seychelles visible as the destination of choice for French holiday makers,” said Alain St.Ange.