The sea, sun and natural environment are no longer sufficient on their own to sustain the Seychelles’ tourism industry, the new Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism said Monday.
Sylvestre Radegonde spoke after he was sworn in as minister at State House in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan. Another minister, Billy Rangasamy, now in charge of land and housing, was also sworn in. Both ministers were sworn in late because of their 14-day quarantine as per COVID-19 prevention measures in place.
Ramkalawan congratulated both new ministers and expressed his conviction that they are both ready to undertake their new tasks.
Radegonde told reporters that aside from bringing tourists in Seychelles, the country needs to relook at its services and products that will entice tourists to spend.
“People say that Seychelles is expensive, but the feeling that I have gathered is that they do not mind spending, but the service and products have to be up to standards. Sun, sea and the environment are no longer enough as we are competing with other countries with the same climate,” he added.
Radegonde, who has lived for 15 years in Europe, said that he understands the dynamics of the market and Seychelles will need to maintain a balance between the health of the population, visitors and the economy.