Seychelles Facing Total Implosion As Key Opportunity Is Missed By PL!
In life, timing is everything and sometimes, when one misses an opportunity, they pay for it for years and decades to come.
This week TOP RESA the annual Paris Tourism Trade Fair was in full operation and Seychelles had a golden opportunity to re- launch her image to finally plant a seed that would reverse the downward trend in the French market suffering -14% decline monthly.
Instead, Minister St. Ange and his A-TEAM ( they are an A-Team) went to Paris empty handed, because PL government slept and vacillated on the primordial issues too long, focusing only on internal Budget deadlines, and ignoring core TOURISM TRADE deadlines like opening of TOP RESA.
Critical Note: Budget is where we decide how to spend money we will earn from Tourism. It is not the other way around PL.
The Competition is Wide Awake PL
At TOP RESA, Mauritius and Maldives turned up with digital banners spread every where that said: DIRECT FLIGHTS! DIRECT FLIGHTS!
What could poor St. Ange and his A-TEAM Do?
“HUB and SPOKE To Paradise….with delays and lost Baggage Today!”
What Could Have Been Done To Flip France Into A Growth Market Again Before TOPRESA Trade Fair?
- PL Government of Seychelles announces Approval of Seychelles Airlines.
Pressure now on Mr. Afif to make it happen or get off the Radio air waves.
- PL calls for additional Direct Flights from Etihad Partner from Europe and
- Bold PL Government of Seychelles calls for reduction in VAT from 15% to
7% in 2015 to stimulate Tourism Industry and make Seychelles more competitive and attractive as a long haul destination.
- Bold PL Government of Seychelles calls on austerity cuts in all ministries,
suspending political pensions, new vehicles, travelling for next 24 months unless approved by Minister of Finance. Ministers are all called to Order, to address issues plaguing their ministries that “en pay” Seychelles. They should be given Thirty (30) days to present solid propositions or resign and be replaced by private sector recommended candidates.
- PL Government announces reduction in fuel tax from 40%-25% to reduce
inter island travelling costs and this will encourage French market to go back to their Three (3) island one holiday preferred vacation.
- PL Government urges all ferries and cargo ships to pass these savings on to the traveler and consumer.
- Minister of Transportation who is also Chairman of Air Seychelles,
announces that Etihad will offer 200 FOC tickets per year for educational to Tour Operators in France and Germany to solidify our partnership.
- Etihad-Air Seychelles welcomes another Airline to the market and offers
Seat Allocation to all Tour Operators selling Seychelles.
9. “Sesel Sa” is published in French not English.
10.Minister of Tourism STB partners with Petit Fute’ to push Seychelles as a
destination on a year round basis.
11. Minister announces that Seychelles is so serious about taking care of its
guests that even Taxi fares will be reduced in 2015 and all taxis will be
painted the same color before being licensed.
Guess what folks, it did not happen.
Instead, we had the focus of the World press in place, and all Minister St. Agne could do likely (possibly, I have not spoken to him, but can imagine) is say: we are looking into direct flights, we are looking into seat allocations, we are looking into reduce fares , we are looking into reduce taxi fares, we are looking into the declining trend, we are looking, if I am lucky in 2015 I will no longer be looking.
In the meantime, the French Market is looking into a holiday else where- other than Seychelles.
All IMF can do is scratch their head and say maybe 3% growth……(I doubt that very much, try -3% IMF).
Sesel Sa…..does not have to be this way!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!