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Seychelles turns to private sector for tourism management

Posted by African Press International on December 9, 2008

The Seychelles government has decided to restructure the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and allow the private sector to play a more important role in the tourism industry in the islands.

At a meeting with stakeholders of the tourism industry in Victoria on Monday, Finance Minister Danny Faure daclared that the STB will in the future have only seven members from the 16 members who presently sit on the board.

Four of the members, out of which two will be vice-chairpersons, will come from the private sector, Faure added.

The minister also indicated that the state is establishing a new Tourism Marketing Fund with a budget of $US 1.5 million and that the fund will have a chairman also from the private sector.

He stated that the government has taken stock of past mistakes and is trying to move forward on a better footing.

Also Faure declared that the government will play its role as a facilitator and catalyst for the tourism industry which is now considered as the worlds greatest industry.

For his part, the chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA), Louis DOffay, praised the decision of the government and noted that it will be the private sector that will assume the responsibility to ensure the success of the countrys main industry and main source of revenue.


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