Seychelles Gears Up for the Sixth Tourism Festival: A Celebration of Past and Future
Seychelles, a tropical paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean, is preparing for its eagerly anticipated sixth Tourism Festival, scheduled to captivate visitors and locals alike from September 23 to September 30, 2023. This vibrant festival has become a cherished annual tradition, serving as both a celebration and a promotional platform for the pivotal role of tourism in the country’s economy. This year’s theme, “Bridging our Past and Future,” adds an enriching layer of significance to the festivities.
The theme, “Bridging our Past and Future,” elucidates the festival’s noble intent: to pay homage to the visionaries and trailblazers who laid the foundation for Seychelles’ thriving tourism industry. Sherin Francis, the Principal Secretary for Tourism, passionately expounded upon this theme during a press conference held at the picturesque Botanical House. She emphasized the festival’s mission to shed light on the invaluable contributions of individuals who have shaped the nation’s tourism landscape.
A Multifaceted Celebration: A Glimpse of the Festival Lineup
The unveiling of the festival’s diverse lineup of activities has set the stage for an unforgettable week of cultural enrichment and entertainment. Kicking off on Saturday, September 23, 2023, an official launch at La Plaine St. André, Au Cap, will inaugurate the festival with grandeur. The following day, visitors and residents can relish the flavors of Seychellois cuisine and immerse themselves in local culture at the Domaine de Val des Près during a spectacular food festival and cultural fair.
In its ongoing commitment to education and community engagement, the festival’s program offers a series of enlightening events. On Tuesday, September 26, students will engage in the “Lospitalite” Inter School Tourism Quiz competition, fostering a sense of camaraderie and competition among future tourism enthusiasts. Additionally, a dedicated YouTube channel will feature captivating videos where children interview key figures in the tourism industry, providing fresh perspectives on Seychelles’ tourism legacy.
For those seeking more in-depth discussions and insights, a televised tourism forum will be broadcasted by Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation, providing a platform for industry leaders to share their expertise. Furthermore, the festival will host a riveting ‘Concours d’expression oral’ (oral expression competition), offering participants a unique opportunity to showcase their passion for Seychelles’ culture and heritage.
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