Tackling unlicensed service suppliers and discovering actions to entertain cruise ship vacationers had been amongst points mentioned by tourism officers and operators for the upcoming cruise ship season from October 2023 to Might 2024, at a gathering held on Friday on the Docklands Auditorium within the capital Victoria.
Tourism Seychelles, the advertising and marketing arm of the Division of Tourism, met with service suppliers resembling taxi drivers and fee brokers for the assembly to debate the procedures on the new Cruise Village to be arrange on the Island Improvement Firm (IDC) automotive park subsequent to the Port of Victoria from the October 24 till the season closes.
“The intention of the Cruise Village is to discourage unlicensed suppliers from competing with the licensed ones as soon as the cruise ship season begins,” the principal secretary for Tourism, Sherin Francis, informed the press.
This 12 months, suppliers who might be current on the Cruise Village may have a algorithm to stick to, which embody registering at Tourism Seychelles to acquire their identification badges and respect areas they’re allotted on the automotive park.
Through the assembly, Francis burdened that whereas her division had provide you with the principles and rules, “they weren’t set in stone and could possibly be revisited” after the primary ship berths in Port Victoria.
Representatives from the Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA), the police in addition to the Seychelles Licensing Authority (SLA) had been amongst these sitting on the panel and answering the service suppliers’ queries.
They had been additionally knowledgeable that ought to they fail to adjust to the rules, “they might face penalties, together with however not restricted to warnings, suspensions, revocations of licenses or denial to the Cruise Ship Village”.
Alvin Jean-Bonnelame from Sundown Chasers informed the press that he “believes the brand new measures ought to work” in essence to create a way of order on the port throughout the season.
Taxi driver Desmond Revera additionally expressed hopes that the measures would work, as this could “worth the service they’re offering to the cruise ship guests”.
The primary ship to name on Port Victoria for the season would be the SH Diana, resulting from be in Seychelles on October 24.
The cruise ship business in Seychelles performs an vital position within the tourism business as entire, welcoming 40 cruise ship calls in Port Victoria in 2023.
For this coming season, Seychelles expects one other 40 cruise ship calls – which embody MSS Splendida as the biggest vessel measuring 333.3 metres.