Seychellois delegation heads to travel event in Dubai

Arabian Travel Market

Apr 29, 2012

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, is heading a Seychellois delegation of destination management companies – DMCs – and resorts serious about the Middle East market, to ATM, the Arabian Travel Market, which is one of the biggest travel and tourism shows in the Middle East.

ATM 2012 is taking place from April 30 to May 3, 2012 in Dubai, in the United Arabs Emirates. The Tourism Board CEO will be joined in Dubai for ATM by Julie Muirhead from the Board’s Dubai Office and Aliette Esther from the Abu Dhabi Office.

The Arabian Travel Market, the most awaited and anticipated travel fair in the Middle East, brings together travel specialists, tour operators, and national tourism organizations to present the uniqueness of their respective travel destinations.

Described as an event “unlocking business potential within the Middle East for tourism professionals,” for the first time ever, the Seychelles will co-host a branded destination display stand at the Arabian Travel Market together with La Reunion island.

The La Reunion tourism delegation, headed by Pascal Viroleau, the Director of La Reunion Island Tourism IRT, will bring a strong La Reunion delegation to the travel fair to promote the high quality travel products of the Vanilla Island concept combination with Seychelles.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, said that “The Arabian Travel market is of increasing significance to Seychelles tourism as it seeks to diversify its markets and tap into new ones that will bring fresh streams of visitors to our shores. The Arabian Travel Market is the epitome of this process of diversification as it is an important forum for raising the profile of Seychelles, and for networking with the movers and shakers of the travel world and attracting business to our shores.”

The Seychelles tourism industry is confident that the positive trend of the 2011 Arabian Travel Market will continue this year.

Representing the Seychelles business community, ready and willing to receive business from the Middle East at ATM, the Arabian Travel Market, are seven exhibitors: 7 degrees South, Irina Udwadia, ; Banyan Tree Seychelles, Tinaz Wadia, and Crystal Abrams, ; Berjaya Hotels and Resort Seychelles, Johnette Labiche, ; Coral Strands Smart Choice, Evgenia Boyankova, ; Hilton Seychelles, Michael Bell, ; and Mason’s Travel, Eddie d’Offay, and Jessica Giroux, .

They are all at ATM 2012 to demonstrate their products to the professionals of the travel trade industry, as well as to exhibit latest products.

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