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Seychelles may foray into Indian hotel sector

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Alain-St-Ange-Shripad-YessoIndia and Seychelles on Monday held a delegation level bi-lateral meeting to discuss tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Shripad Yesso Naik and Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Seychelles,Alain St. Ange led their respective sides.

During the 45-minutes talks both the sides noted the important link that India has with Seychelles in the form of Indian nationals who have been among the earliest inhabitants of this island mostly from Tamil Nadu and later on from Gujarat. Together they constitute around 7% of the total population.

During the meeting, both the sides agreed to hold Road Shows to promote tourism in each other’s country. It was also agreed that both the countries would work towards constituting a Joint Forum of Tour Operators for promoting their tourism destinations and products. They both agreed to organize familiarization tours for media and travel writers to each other’s country.

During the meeting both the sides agreed to the view that a direct non-stop flight between India and Seychelles will promote trade and tourism between the two countries in a significant way. Both the sides decided to consider this suggestion.

The visiting side showed interest in Medical Tourism in India, expertise of India in museums and archives, digitization of records and creative graphic designing. They sought India’s help in these fields. India agreed to consider the request of Seychelles side.

Alain St. Ange extended invitation to  Shripad Naik to visit Seychelles in the month of October to attend India’s Day in Seychelles and UNWTO Meeting which is scheduled to be held there.

During the meeting, India invited investment from Seychelles in the Hotel sector. India allows 100 percent FDI in Hotel sector on automated basis. The visiting Minister of Seychelles agreed to explore the possibilities of promoting investment in the field of hotel industry in India.

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