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The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, chaired the second multi-sectoral meeting for 2018. This was held last Friday, at the STC Conference Room.
The multi-sectoral meeting brings together government officials and representatives of the private sector. The platform allows for a review of the tourism industry’s performance, while also giving stakeholders the opportunity to discuss and propose solutions to challenges affecting the industry.
The Minister for Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Didier Dogley; and the Minister for Employment, Immigration & Civil Status, Myriam Telemaque, were also present at last Friday’s meeting, to address issues relevant to their respective portfolio.
The decision for Air Seychelles to become a regional airline and the subsequent effects on the local tourism trade, access to Anse Georgette on Praslin, high cost of doing business, and the national cruise ship strategy, were some of the main issues discussed.
Agro-tourism and the call for local tourism establishments and restaurants to increase their use of local produce such as fish, vegetables and fruits, were also widely discussed.
A local consultant, Guy Morel, made a presentation highlighting his findings and recommendations based on a research conducted with the aim of finding ways and means of boosting agro-tourism locally.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) also made a presentation at the meeting, detailing the results of a study conducted to evaluate the performance of tourism establishments on Praslin and La Digue.
Those present were also updated on the progress made to remedy various issues raised and discussed at the first multi-sectoral meeting held in January.
The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, announced that new strategies would be adopted to ensure that the multi-sectoral committee headed by the Tourism Department becomes more efficient and action-oriented.
The circulation of minutes within two weeks after the multi-sectoral meeting, pre-consultations with ministers directly concerned with issues raised to ensure that these are addressed and reach implementation phase by the time the next multi-sectoral meeting is scheduled, are some of the new strategies that the stakeholders have agreed upon, as they endeavor to move faster to implement decisions taken.