While at Seychelles for the “Carnaval International de Victoria,” news broke that the organizers of the World Routes Conferences have selected Victoria as the host city for the 2012 Routes Africa Conference, to be held in July in the Seychellois capital city. A large number of African airlines, airlines flying to Africa, Civil Aviation Authorities, and tourism organizations from across the continent are expected to assemble in Seychelles for the event, which has been brought to the country through the tireless efforts of Seychelles Tourism Board’s Deputy CEO, Elsia Grandcourt, who with her bid, beat the competition to capture the meeting for Victoria.
Only last year, did Seychelles Tourism Board CEO Alain St. Ange, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, speak in Berlin at the World Routes Conference, arguably setting the ball rolling to having the Seychelles capture the Africa event for 2012.
According to a source at the Seychelles Tourism Board, more than 300 delegates are expected to come to Mahe for the continental meeting and preparations are already in high gear – in spite of the still ongoing Carnival festival – to ensure the conference will go on without a single hitch.
Meanwhile, a big delegation from the Seychelles will depart between Sunday and Tuesday for the upcoming ITB in Berlin to promote the islands as the most sought-after holiday and honeymoon destination in the world.