EIBTM in Barcelona sees Seychelles strengthening itself for the ‘MICE’ MARKET

Published on : Monday, November 25, 2013

eibtmThe tropical islands of the Seychelles used the ‘EIBTM Trade Fair’ in Barcelona to tell the world that they are ready for the Incentive & Conference Market.  EIBTM is the leading global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, events and business travel industry, which took place in the award winning business and tourism destination of Barcelona. The event gathers over 15,000 MICE industry professionals for three days of focused access to a dynamic business environment with over 3,100 exhibitors.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s delegation to EIBTM was headed by Bernadette Willemin, the Board’s Director for Europe based in Paris.

The Seychelles private sector after the ‘MICE Market’ was Eric Renard of Creole Travel Services, Leonard Alvis of Mason’s Travel, Freddy Karkaria of Select Seychelles and Olivier Levi of Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel.

‘Incentives and Conferencing in Seychelles is now a real possibility’ said Bernadette Willemin after the EIBTM Trade Fair. As economic pressures in the Eurozone begin to wane, there will be increasing opportunities for outbound business and it is important for us as a destination to stay top in the mind of the potential buyers she added.

With easy air access facilities and increasing hotel MICE product offers, the Seychelles Islands should in the future benefit more from this market segment.  Olivier Levi of the Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel used the’ EIBTM Trade Fair’ platform to present the group newly about to open hotel, The Savoy Resort and Spa.

Meetings, events and business travel will continue to remain critical drivers assisting organisations in their efforts to reach their strategic business objectives and effectively communicate with their employees, customers and partners worldwide. The Seychelles Tourism Board will continue its promotional effort worldwide to attract more MICE business to our shore.

The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture in the meantime has announced that they are finalizing the details for the creation of a “Creative Industries & National Events Agency” which is set to work with the private sector in the promotion of the MICE Market. The Agency will also so have under its very Town management the International Conference Center in Victoria, the National Theatre and the Theatre des Palmes. This Agency will also be mandated to take over the organization of all the National Events of the Country as well as other responsibilities related to the arts and to heritage listed establishments.

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