The Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed that the first Chinese delegation participating in the 2012 Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival hosted by Seychelles and La Reunion has arrived in Seychelles. The group was met at the airport by Marymonde Matatiken, the Manager of Celebrate Seychelles Events Department of the Tourism Board.
Both Seychelles and La Reunion are working on opening up the Chinese tourism market for their respective islands, and this large Chinese delegation at their carnival will give the Seychelles Tourism Board and the IRT (Ile Reunion Tourisme) the opportunity to strengthen their contacts. Chinese press are set to land in Seychelles in the next couple of days to be in time for the official opening of the carnival on Friday afternoon.
Seychelles and La Reunion are set to use all the opportunities available at their 2012 carnival in Seychelles to increase the visibility of their islands in the four corners of the world. “Pascal Viroleau from the IRT and myself from the Seychelles Tourism Board, both believe in the need to increase visibility of our islands and of our region. The 2012 Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival is just one of the avenues we are jointly using as a PR blitz for our islands,” Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board said.
The arrival of the Chinese delegation in Seychelles follows the arrival of the Italian delegation, and they will be followed by another 31 international delegations all descending on Seychelles for the “Carnival of Carnivals” of Seychelles and La Reunion.