Press release

Seychelles Ambassador to China disccuses ways to boost tourism with new Director General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development

March 19, 2014

Seychelles Ambassador accredited to the People’s Republic of China, Mr Philippe Le Gall paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Director General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development-BMCTD Professor Zhou Zhengyu, accompanied by BMCTD’s Director of the Department of City Image and Marketing, Mr Zhang Jing, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF), Mr Yan Han.

Ambassador Le Gall briefed the new Director General on the latest developments and figures regarding Seychelles’ efforts to promote the country and discussed Beijing and China’s outbound tourism market.

The Ambassador commented on the successful partnership developed between the Embassy, Seychelles Honorary Consulate General for Hong-Kong and Macau and STB to significantly increase the number of arrivals of Chinese visitors to Seychelles.

In addition Ambassador Le Gall commented on the role of the Embassy in facilitating the opening of a Seychelles Consulate General in Shanghai, and the signing of two memoranda of understating between the Seychelles Tourism Academy and Shanghai Tourism College, and with, Hebei Vocational Tourism College; essentially encouraging education and training in the hospitality industry.

The Ambassador also reaffirmed the importance Seychelles attaches to the participation of Victoria in the WTCF events and suggested that Professor Zhou Zhengyu visit to Seychelles, to assess the potential for cooperation between Victoria and WTCF and deepen the existing Seychelles and relationship.

Professor Zhou Zhengu expressed Beijing’s satisfaction to have Victoria among the founding cities of WTCF and he added that the participation of Seychelles’ capital in the WTCF September Summit in Beijing will be an opportunity to strengthen both the friendship and the cooperation between the them. Professor Zhou Zhengu added that WTCF’s Committee of Aviation could be an efficient platform to help develop direct air links between Beijing and Seychelles. He also noted that Seychelles could be included in one of Beijing’s future “outbound promotion plans.”

Finally BMCTD’s Director General expressed strong interest in having preliminary discussions initiated through the Embassy and BMCTD between STA and Beijing Tourism College, in view of the signing of a MOU allowing student exchanges. The Deputy Secretary General of WTCF, Mr Han Yan was entrusted with this responsibility.

Ambassador Le Gall was accompanied by his Personal Assistant, Mr Li Huanhuan who is also STB’s senior marketing executive for mainland China.