Published on : Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The first multi sectoral meeting for 2017 was held on Thursday 2nd February at the Ex-National Assembly Hall, National house. This meeting is held with private sector partners from the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association as well as the Seychelles Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the aim of discussing the challenges affecting the tourism industry and finding solutions to alleviate these challenges. This is also the first meeting chaired by the new Vice president, Mr. Vincent Meriton and new Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.
The two main items on the agenda were the Carrying Capacity Study for the inner islands of Seychelles which was recently conducted by a foreign consultant and presented at the meeting by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Anne Lafortune followed by the situational analysis report of crimes involving visitors presented by Mrs. Bernice Senaratne of the Tourism Department.
Members agreed that findings of the Carrying Capacity Study are important for the industry however they would prefer to have a copy of the document in order to provide their own recommendations. It was agreed during the meeting that this information will be made available to all private sector members for their comments.
The presentation on the situational analysis report of crimes involving visitors showcased that the number of crimes involving visitors has doubled for the period of December 2016 to January 2017. The private sector partners were concerned with this situation and proposed that a fast track court should be in place to deal with these cases.
Amongst other points discussed during the meeting was noise pollution, especially from loud music and dogs that are currently affecting the tourism industry. The Vice President advised that both government and private sector should work together to assist in solving these problems and more action should be taken instead of continuously discussing the same topic over and over again.
Also present at the meeting were the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Michael Benstrong, a number of PSs and CEOs as well as other high government officials. The Multi sectoral committee meeting will be held every two months.