Published on : Monday, June 7, 2021
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) recently partnered with the Global Impact Network, coinciding with the destination’s activities for the World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5. The partnership, allows Seychelles to officially become the first destination to create its online community page on the Global Impact Network platform.
Global Impact Network is an app that allows individuals and organisations to take action anywhere and for any ecologically-oriented cause. Seychelles joins the platform to entice its visitors to have a profound experience while on holiday in the destination and to be personally transformed by the end of their trip. The digital platform will allow users to track, measure and showcase sustainable actions through fun and achievable challenges about real-world issues.
The event began by a tree-planting ceremony at the Maison Queau de Quinssy gardens by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, in the presence of Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave and Principal Secretary for Tourism Anne Lafortune. The tree planting ceremony was followed by presentations made by the STB Chief Executive Sherin Francis and the CEO of Global Impact Network, Tatianna Sharpe.
In her presentation, Francis stressed the destination’s objective to encourage responsible tourism and inspire visitors to take sustainable actions, share their stories and track global progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015. Keeping its ecological focus, the Seychelles community has adopted 4 badges including the advocate badge, beach clean-up badge, tree planter badge – only available in Seychelles and finally the local produce badge.
Speaking at the launch, Francis reiterated that the mission of the STB remains to keep the destination visible, highlighting that this platform aligns well with the efforts of the country towards sustainable tourism. She mentioned that as a proud environmentally-conscious destination, the initiative is an opportunity to encourage visitors to engage in activities which promote sustainable development. She mentioned that STB wants visitors to make an impact and aim to make visitors become Seychelles ambassadors when they return to their home, telling the world how the small nation is helping the fight against the global environmental crisis the world is facing, each one individually, one at a time.
Tatiana Sharpe, CEO of Global Impact stated that growing up in Zimbabwe, gave her exposure to poverty and social injustice at a young age, which fuelled her desire to make a positive impact in her community and in the world. She shared that Global Impact is the world’s first social impact network that tracks, measures and showcases positive impact for sustainable development. She mentioned that it is a tool that empowers, citizens, organisations and governments to change the world