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Tourism & Travel 20-21 November 2014

IORA Ministerial Meeting
Tourism & Travel within IORA

Beau Vallon, Seychelles
20-21 November 2014

Introduction

The global tourism industry is one of the world's largest and most competitive service industries. Tourism has become a priority industry for many countries around the world and for the majority of developing countries (83%) it has become the principal export earner. It is expected that by the year 2020, the total number of international trips could reach 1.6 billion, resulting in related expenditure of US$2 trillion and employment in the sector to expand to 262 million jobs.

The benefits associated with the tourism industry include its contribution of 3.6% to the world GDP and an increase in foreign exchange earnings, creation of jobs, stimulation of foreign investments and support to infrastructural development, the upgrading of community facilities and services such as healthcare, transportation, sport and recreational facilities, etc.

The tourism industry is seen as an important and attractive service industry which can boost the socio-economic development of the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) region. The Indian Ocean region which is characterized by its rich cultural and geographical diversities and its vast biodiversity in flora and fauna, offers different types of tourism activities such as adventure tourism, coastal and safari tourism, medical tourism, wildlife tourism, eco-tourism and cultural tourism. As a result, many IORA countries have emerged as major tourism destinations attracting large numbers of international visitors. It is also believed that the expansion of air links between the IORA Members States should further encourage stronger regional cooperation and therefore enhancing sustainable development throughout the region.

Seychelles proposes to host an IORA Ministerial Meeting under the theme TOURISM AND TRAVEL WITHIN THE IORA, which will bring together the Tourism Ministers of all the IORA Member States to come together during this event to discuss the strengthening and expansion of the region's tourism industry. 

Event

Day 1 Expert Meeting

The Expert Meeting on day one will provide the platform for the technician of all member states to discuss and thrash out all the technical aspects of the issues on the agenda and prepare the documentation for the Ministerial discussions at the meeting the following day.  Each member states will be allowed 5 delegates for the Expert Meeting. 

Day 2 Tourism Ministerial Meeting 

The Ministerial Meeting will take place on 21st November 2014 and will be a half day event. Attendance will include 6 delegates per member states including the Minister as the head of delegation. The Meeting will conclude with a press conference afterwards and a cocktail.

Delegations & Proposed participant

Member state will decide on their size of delegation, but delegates should include representatives from the following:- 

  • Ministry of Tourism and Transport, 
  • Tourism Authorities, Airlines, 
  • Airlines Association, Tourism, 
  • Travel & Hospitality Associations, 
  • Port Authority, and
  • Civil Aviation Authorities.


Venue

Savoy Resort & Spa, Beau Vallon, Mahé, Seychelles
 

Registration

All delegates from Member States and Dialogue Partners must complete the registration form online CLICK HERE.

Visas

There are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. Documents required for immigration clearance are:

A valid passport
Return or onward ticket
Proof of accomodation
Sufficient funds for the duration of stay 

For more details contact:

Office of the Principal Secretary for Tourism
Seychelles Ministry of Tourism & Culture
Espace Building, P O Box 1049
Seychelles
[email protected]
+248 4286500 

Concept Note

Programme

Administrative Note