Seychelles Receives Private Sector Support for Coming Carnival

The ‘Carnaval International de Victoria’ that is staged annually in the Seychelles is receiving private sector support for the third edition of that carnival that is now referred to as the carnival of carnivals because it remains the only carnival where the best and all the better known carnivals parade together in the procession and alongside cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. The third edition of the carnival on the Equator comes at a time when Europe is being hit by severe cold weather and delegations flying to Seychelles have said that they are looking forward to enjoying the tropical climate of the Indian Ocean Paradise Island as they showcase their respective carnival or culture.

This week more private sector, who are recognized as key of the country’s economy, have come forward to present their financial contributions and pledges for the success of the third edition of this Unique Carnival.

The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) is again this year seen to be sponsoring the event for a third consecutive year, and they were present not only with a financial contribution but with the guarantee to decorate the Seychelles International Airport with Carnival Banners and Flags to ensure delegates get into the carnival spirit from the island’s point of entry. The Civil Aviation Authority also pledged ten tents to be made available for use by the carnival organizers during the event. The operations Manager of SCAA, Mr Wilfred Fock-Tave made the pledge on behalf of SCAA’s Chief Executive Officer Gilbert Faure.

Mr Fock-Tave said that “it is a pleasure and a privilege for the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority to stand with the Seychelles Tourism Board and give its full support for the hosting of the Carnaval International de Victoria’’.

The Seychelles Breweries Limited was the second major company to come forward to pledge a financial support and also a consignment of their products for use during the functions of the Carnaval International de Victoria. The presentation was done by the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director of Seychelles Breweries, Ms Mary Anne Ernesta.

Eden Island was the third company to come forward this week. They were represented by Mr Peter Smith, the company’s Marketing sales VMA. Eden Island will be hosting the whole Notting Hills Carnival Delegation for the five nights they are in Seychelles for the carnival. The Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs Elsia Grandcourt who was accepting the pledges and contributions from local partners alongside Mr Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, said that “Eden Island remains a faithful partner of Carnaval International de Victoria, and that this new commitment will make the Notting Hill Carnival delegation’s trip to the Seychelles again possible”.

Speaking at the end of the event that took place at the Offices of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture at the National Cultural Centre, Minister Alain St Ange said that the “ Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board has managed to again bring to Seychelles for the carnival not just the biggest group of international carnival delegations, but the biggest bank of international press our country has ever received”.

“It is important that every year we have more press coming to Seychelles to cover the Carnival which has found its rightful place in the country’s calendar of event. For the press and the International delegation to be present in the carnival we need sponsors to come forward and make this event a the success it deserves to be” Minister St.Ange said.

Minister St.Ange also thanked the sponsors for coming forward to voluntarily contribute to the Carnival.

“I would like to thank all of you for your contributions. You’ve come forward to be seen to be a sponsor who supports the carnival. We need your support as serious partners for us to continue to move forward and consolidate the Carnaval International de Victoria. This event remains an important event which helps move forward our tourism industry, the industry that remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy” Minister Alain St.Ange added.

With the more and more sponsors of the Carnival now coming forward to show that they care, and with only 17 days before the official opening of the Carnival, Minister St Ange said that the Seychelles Tourism Board can now “sew its jacket based on the length of cloth it is receiving’’.