Eventful 3 days for Seychelles delegation led by Tourism Minister at IFTM Top Resa 2019
The 41st edition of the IFTM Top Resa, held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, on October 1 and found a finish on Friday kicked off, October 5.
As the industry’s leading business-to-business trade show, IFTM Top Resa may be the only French event that brings the complete tourism sector together, featuring multiple segments over four days including, Leisure, Tourism, Business Travel, Group Events and Tourism.
The Trade show gathered over 34,000 professionals, International and french buyers, tourism distribution and production professionals, media and journalists representatives, influencers, officials and students who all found interact with the 1,700 exhibitors. Exhibitors included tourism boards, airlines, hotel groups, technology startups and companies.
The Seychelles delegation was led by Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Marine and ports, Mr. Didier Dogley, who was simply present at the Seychelles are a symbol of the opening of the annual tourism trade fair.
French travel companies and press expressed immense fascination with the Seychelles as any occasion destination, keeping the destination’s stand occupied through the first three days of the IFTM Top Resa tourism fair.
The Seychelles stand contains the Seychelles Tourism Board team, associated with seven trade partners.
Trade partners and representatives included: 7° South – Corinne Delpech; Masons Travel – Alan Masons and Paul Lebon; Creole Travel Services – Guillaume Albert and Stephanie Marie; Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resorts – Bertrand Moussa; Banyan Tree Seychelles – Marie Gougeon; Coral Strand Hotel and Savoy Resort & Spa – Ekaterina Gritsenko; and Hilton Seychelles – Devi Pentamah.
The Seychelles Tourism Board was represented by its LEADER, Mrs. Sherin Francis; STB’s Regional Director for Europe, Mrs. Bernadette Willemin; Marketing Executives from the STB France office, Jennifer Dupuy, Myra Fanchette and Valerie Payet; along with Marketing Executive from the STB HQ, Christina Cecile.
Mrs. Francis said: “This year’s IFTM TOP RESA was once more a chance to further strengthen our relationship with this French partners. We have been happy that people have their renewed commitment to help keep on growing the forex market further. Therefore, year of collaboration we have been pumped up about another fruitful.”
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Minister Mrs and Dogley. Francis used this possibility to conduct various meetings with travel trade professionals and present interviews for some high-profile media.
A press conference, with the current presence of twelve journalists approximately, day of the trade show was organized on the next. The delegation updated the media on the Seychelles tourism development, on the 250 years Seychelles celebration plan also. An in depth exposé about the national country;s conservation environmental protection initiatives, like the Blue Blue and Economy Bond, was presented also.
The IFTM Top Resa may be the turning point of the tourism season, coinciding with the launch of the tour operators’ winter brochures and different promotional campaigns, by different industry players.
STB’s Regional Director for Europe, Mrs. Bernadette Willemin says IFTM Top Resa has again fulfilled its role among the world&rsquo once;s major tourism trade fairs, both with regards to the true amount of visitors and exhibitors alike.
“Its main role as a forum for travel trade professionals has proven, again once, very fruitful, enabling participants to renew contacts and talk with new interlocutors, discover or re-discover new tourism products,” said Mrs. Willemin.
“Concurrently, it should be underscored that stiff competition still characterizes IFTM Top Resa in fact it is the presence therein a given destination displays its assets to help keep its market share, or even increasing it,” she added.
The French market is really a significant one for the Seychelles, being the next leading market after Germany. The Seychelles Islands is really a favorite and safe destination for French visitors still, as seen by the eye the Seychelles stand received through the Trade Fair.
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