Excitement as golf celebrities set foot in Seychelles

It was 3:05 pm this sunny Tuesday, December 11, 2018, with on-board about 100 passengers, including 32 golfers, sponsoring officials from MCB, Constance and Staysure Tour, and partners, that Air Seychelles Airbus A320 – S7-SIL, Silhouette, landed at the Pointe Larue airport in Seychelles.

The celebrity golf players landed in Seychelles right after an intense 3-day competition in Mauritius, which ended on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

The first tour of the Indian Ocean Swing culminated with the American professional golfer Dennis Clark finishing on top of the podium for now followed closely by Swedish professional golfer Atlevi Magnus.

The top 29 on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit and three invitations are getting ready to compete for the MCB- Staysure Tour at the Constance Lemuria Golf Course on Praslin.

Alongside Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) Chief Executive Mrs. Sherin Francis, the presence of the Minister for Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the former minister for tourism who was representing Minister Didier Dogley, minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine was noted at the event.  Also present at the event were MCB Director Mr. Jackson Bernard and Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles.

On the ground, the guests disembarking from the plane were welcomed by the STB staff to the sound of the wonderful voice of Praslin’s own Jean Ally singing away softs ballads such as his famous song “Welcome to the Seychelles” giving them a taste of the Creole hospitality.

In order to ensure their comfort throughout their short stopover on Mahé, the golf delegation from Mauritius were escorted to the Air Seychelles VIP lounge, as their luggage and other formalities were completed with the collaboration and support of staff from the Seychelles Revenue Commission, the Immigration Department, the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authorities, Air Seychelles and the immense support of the Seychelles Police.

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Speaking of this very opportune event for the destination, Mrs. Sherin Francis STB Chief executive stated her pride to see these great professional set feet on our Islands.

 “It is an immense pleasure for me to see that all the efforts put in has concretised to such a beautiful moment. STB keeps marketing Seychelles as a polyvalent destination and having another international event on our calendar of events gives us that extra visibility. The event is going to be seen on very many sports channel and this is valuable publicity,” said Mrs. Francis.

She added that this event would not have been possible without the commitment of the main partners Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) and Constance Lemuria; she also thanked all the partners and all the institutions working effortlessly to make the destination shine brighter.

Aside from MCB Seychelles and Constance Ephelia, the MCB- Staysure tour is being materialised with the prime contributions of CAT COCOS, TAKAMAKA, ISPC, Heineken as well as Destination Marketing Companies including Masons Travel, Creole Travel Services and Seven Degree South who are actively working towards this first golf tournament in Seychelles.

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