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As section of its mandate to regenerate the Seychelles Ocean Festival, on the weekend of November 23 to November 25 the Seychelles Tourism Board relaunched the function, 2018. The festivities were held within the global Year of the Reef campaign.
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The 2018 Seychelles Ocean Festival commenced having an official launch at Eden Bleu, November 23, attended by 50 roughly invitees, like the vice-president of the Republic, several ministers, principal CEOs and secretaries.
The invited guests were treated to a conclusion of the philosophy behind the function, an introduction to the brand new STB diving brochure, and information on the Pristine Seychelles Campaign.
It featured the screening of the compelling film &lsquo also;A Plastic Ocean’ using its worrying analysis of plastic pollution of our seas and a visually impressive chapter of the Blue Planet 11 film on corals. There is a little exhibition of model boats by Robin Port Louis also, wooden fish by Egbert Marday and a painting by James Agricole. In parallel, STB ran a Facebook photographic campaign with some impressive entries also, won by Sam Balderson eventually.
Speaking at the launch of the function, Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) LEADER, Mrs. Sherin Francis stressed on the significance of the Ocean Festival to Seychelles.
“The Ocean Festival can be an important embodiment of Seychelles’ marine scene and encompasses a variety of elements and is of equal relevance to your local population for just how it could sensitize them to the fragility of our ocean and the necessity to adopt sustainable practices to safeguard it and its own diverse ecosystems,” said Mrs. Francis.
From mid-morning to mid-afternoon on Saturday, the focus switched to the certain area before Eden Plaza’s Tamassa restaurant and some activities such as for example face painting, bouncing castle and live painting James Agricole. Saturday also saw an exciting 20-strong raft race away Ternay beach where teams composed from the many NGOs competed with others from government and private sectors in a race that saw Skychef win your day making use of their innovatively designed raft.
On, attention switched to Beau Vallon beach where in fact the NGOs create stalls and explained their work and projects to passers-by while K Radio broadcast live interviews with Sherin Francis, CEO of members and STB of the NGO community within a public awareness campaign. There is beach volleyball and football competitions also, body painting, a treasure hunt, Iron man & woman competition and various food & beverage stalls.
“The 2018 Seychelles Ocean Festival looks to simply set down a marker for the years ahead and our intention to broaden its base yet further to include all sectors of the Seychelles marine scene and, with greater lead-in time and resources at our disposal, to make a more fulsome event in future,” explained STB tourism consultant Glynn Burridge.
The Seychelles Ocean Festival has its roots in SUBIOS, (Sub- Indian Ocean Seychelles) which remained a favorite annual event for just two decades, playing a significant role, not merely in showcasing Seychelles as a diving destination for tourists, but additionally in sensitising the neighborhood population to the wonder but extreme fragility of the encompassing ocean and its own ecosystems.
In the intervening years, the Seychelles marine scene expanded to add a great many other sectors including the Blue Economy; sailing & cruising; conservation; diverse NGO activity; diving & snorkeling; sports fishing etc. and there became a dependence on a wider platform to encompass these new interests.