The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) hit Moscow and St Petersburg in full flare, as a Seychelles oasis was created by the STB team in Russia to welcome together more than 100 Russian travel trade and press.
The events, which included interaction with key players in Russia and press interviews with various media partners, culminated with an elegant dinner in each city and coincided with the STB Chief Executive’s second visit to Russia.
The STB Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis was accompanied by the organisation’s Regional Director for Europe Mrs. Bernadette Willemin, STB Director for Scandinavia, Russia & CIS Ms. Karen Confait and STB representative in Russia, Ms. Olga Demina.
The two appreciation dinners held on April 15 and April 17, 2019 took place in the cosy and stylish Modus Restaurant in Moscow and NOK Restaurant, the new gastronomic hub in St. Petersburg respectively.
The STB team present seized the opportunity to engage with the significant trade partners on the Russian market, evaluate the performance of the market and establish future collaborative plans.
The created décor provided idyllic surroundings for the guests present to get memorable pictures and network with the partners from Seychelles and their colleagues.
As part of the mesmerising elements to the events, the venues in Moscow and St. Petersburg were turned into greenhouses by the local florists and decorated with the palm leaves and exotic flowers.
The evening commenced with the welcome speech delivered by the STB representative in Russia Ms Olga Demina, who also introduced Mrs. Francis for her speech.
During her speech, Mrs. Francis, stressed on the STB’s confidence that the Russian market will continue its expansion. “We have big hopes for the promising and growing Russian market and are very happy to see the increasing interest in the Seychelles. I would like to thank all our partners who have been supporting our destination for more than 10 years and hope that our relationships will grow even stronger in the future,” said the STB Chief Executive Mrs. Francis.
The STB Chief Executive’s address was followed by a short destination presentation from the Director of Europe Mrs. Bernadette Willemin.
The guests were welcomed to a three-course dinner during which they had the time to network in an informal and luxurious atmosphere with all partners and received a small present from the STB to end the night on a memorable note.
All together the event gathered 21 partners, among which were Constance Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree Seychelles, 7°South, Creole Travel Services, Four Seasons Seychelles, MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa.
Also present were representatives from Raffles Seychelles, AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, Hilton Hotels, North Island, JA Enchanted Island Resort, Fregate Island Private, Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Eden Bleu Hotel, Savoy Resort & Spa Seychelles & Coral Strand Hotel.
Airline partners such as Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways also attended the events.