Seychelles Tourism Department Extends Warm Welcome on World Tourism Day
On the occasion of World Tourism Day, the Seychelles Tourism Department went the extra mile to ensure visitors felt the warmth and welcoming spirit of the island nation. The first passengers to receive this special welcome were from an early morning Emirates flight from Dubai, which included prominent individuals such as the President of the Republic, Wavel Ramkalawan. This unique welcome is part of the week-long celebrations for the 6th edition of the Tourism Festival.
The special welcome was not confined to the airport alone. Staff from the Tourism Department were stationed at various locations across the island, ready to greet visitors with the same enthusiasm and warmth. The initiative was part of a broader effort to make the tourism festival extra special, and it continued throughout the entire day.
Sylvestre Radegonde, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, explained that the special welcome was an effort to add a unique touch to the tourism festival. He highlighted that the initiative was a testament to the Seychelles’ commitment to making every visitor feel special and appreciated.
The Significance of World Tourism Day
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27, marking the adoption of the Statutes of the UNWTO in 1970. This day is significant as it raises awareness about the role of tourism within the international community and how it influences social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide.
Every year, a host country is designated to act as the Organization’s partner in celebrating World Tourism Day. In recent years, countries like Indonesia, Ivory Coast, and Saudi Arabia have hosted the celebrations, each focusing on a unique theme such as “Tourism and Green Investments,” “Rethinking Tourism,” and “Tourism for inclusive growth.”
A Glimpse into Seychelles’ Tourism Industry
The Seychelles tourism industry is a significant pillar of the island’s economy. The country is recognized worldwide for its lush green natural landscape, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear blue seas. Seychelles has been diligent in preserving its natural heritage, declaring over 50% of its total land area as protected national parks. The country’s commitment to promoting its culture, placing its people at the center of its development, and offering a unique travel experience has led to its recognition as a top tourist destination.
World Tourism Day is more than just an international observance. It symbolizes the shared responsibility to realize the potential of tourism and its influence on global development. The Seychelles’ initiative to welcome visitors on this day reflects its commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive tourism industry. The celebrations are a testament to the fact that tourism is a powerful vehicle for economic and social growth, one that the world must continue to uphold and protect.
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