Seychelles Tourism Academy

Friday Jan 19th
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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) at a prestigious event that was witnessed by representatives from the Department of Tourism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s hotel school.

The MoU is a mutual agreement that will enable students and staff from both institutions to participate in exchange programmes in the field of Tourism and Hospitality.

“We are pleased to have been part of this momentous occasion. Since the signing of the bi-lateral agreement on tourism between South Africa and the Seychelles, relations between the two countries have grown,” said Ms. Bulelwa Seti, Chief Director within Branch: International Tourism Management (ITM) at the Department of Tourism.

The Department of Tourism and Seychelles Tourism have been instrumental in the realisation of this partnership, which has been 2 years in the making.

“The signing of this MoU will ensure that we continue to work together in tourism to find solutions to challenges surrounding skills development and job opportunities on the continent and Indian Ocean Rim region,” added Seti.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) are both post-secondary educational institutions that desired to co-operate in the field of training and research.  

“The partnership between our institutions will be beneficial to both countries, and will enable young professionals to advance their careers in the industry,” said Ms Mandisa Silo, Head of Sports, Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

The two institutions will facilitate the placement of young Chefs in both countries, promote the exchange of research and postgraduate employees during sabbatical leave, and promote postgraduate joint research projects and publications.

According to the General Manager at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA), Mr. Peter Moncherry, tourist arrivals from South Africa to the Seychelles have increased by 10% in the past few years.

“Seychelles and South Africa share the same sentiments when it comes to tourism growth, the two countries have passion and are committed to the sector. This MoU will not only assist to capacitate students in key hospitality skills, but it will also ensure that a high standard of Service Excellence is guaranteed to visitors in both countries,” added Moncherry.


Tourism Minister St.Ange of Seychelles says "Let us make Tourism our Business" in his Tourism Day Message

This year’s tourism strapline is a "Billion tourists..a billion opportunities" and this is important for two reasons: Firstly it signifies that we have reached the magic number of 1 million tourists travelling the globe which in itself is hugely important as it shows the increasingly critical role that tourism is playing as a global industry...the industry of the future.

Tourism is the new industry, outstripping all others and its effect on the way we live our lives is already all-pervading. Even here at home in Seychelles, just look how many businesses are geared in some way to providing a service linked to the tourism industry. It is already substantial and destined to become even more so with each passing year.

Tourism is indeed now a global industry, extending its reach to every country in the world. There is hardly any country on the planet that is not is in some way involved in the business of accepting visitors, and those countries who, largely for the reason of their insecurity, are not in a position to be hospitable...wish they were because the economic benefits to their societies would be very considerable.

Tourism, if it is properly established and encouraged holds the potential for a huge range of benefits to everyone in the country but process does not happen automatically. When the fisherman goes fishing, there are many things he needs to do and choices he needs to make to ensure he brings some fish back home. He must have the right boat...the right equipment...the right crew and he must go where the fish are. Otherwise, he will only return home empty-handed!!

It is exactly the same with tourism. We must all make it our business to understand the business of tourism and what the tourist is looking for when he comes to visit our country. We must go out of his way to meet his expectations and ensure that he leaves satisfied because there are many other places he can go for his next holiday if we disappoint him.

And yet, if we engage with this tourist who comes to our shores and ensure that he or she passes a wonderful vacation, then, like the fisherman, we reap the benefits in our taxi, our hotel, restaurant, boat charter and boutique and we become wealthier as a nation as the benefits from tourism trickle down through society.

But, as well as benefits, there are responsibilities we must assume as well. We must ensure that our tourism product is up to scratch and does not leave the tourist disappointed because today’s tourist is far better informed than he was 30 years ago. Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Trip Advisor and so many other social media platforms, he can get information about the destination he plans to visit even before he sets foot here...and he can leave feedback as well...for those planning to follow in his footsteps. In Seychelles we have moved to make our tourism industry more inclusive when the call was made for the Seychellois to 'claim back their industry'.

Like never before Seychellois, big andsmall, are actively involved in their tourism industry and the concept of days gone by when the tagline of 'them and us' is history as foreign businesses were oftenreferred too. We have moved to make Seychelles a more affordable destination and this has started to paydividends as airline companies now see the potential of having passengers in the economy section of their planes. 

Let us use this tourism week to familiarise ourselves with this industry of our that has become so very important and upon which we rely for our prosperity and that of our children and grandchildren and ensure that as we hope to win more tourists to our shores, that we place ourselves correctly to benefit from the increased opportunities which may come our way.  



Tourism professionals in Seychelles successfully complete hospitality management course

A group of professionals from the tourism sector in Seychelles have received certificates after successfully completing a short refresher course on various aspects of hospitality management.


Special mass marks the beginning of Tourism Week in Seychelles

A special mass was held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception this afternoon to give thanks to the many successes of the Seychelles’ tourism industry.

The mass was the first event to mark the start of beginning of this year’s Tourism Week celebrated from September 23-27.

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