Newly appointed tourism minister meets task force representatives |10 November 2020
The newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, joined his first tourism task force meeting remotely from the Beau Vallon Bay Hotel quarantine centre on Friday, November 6, 2020.
The tourism task force committee, composed of relevant public and private sector representatives, is mandated to oversee all issues relating to the re-opening of the destination during this period dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing the meeting, Mr Radegonde thanked all the participants for their immense contribution to the restart of the tourism industry and his full support to the work of the committee, emphasising the continuous need to balance public health safety considerations with that of getting our tourism industry back on track.
“I have been impressed by the work done by this committee so far. The assignment is not an easy one. It is balancing between economy and health. I very much look forward to bringing my contribution to ensure that Seychelles tourism emerges more sustainably from this pandemic. We need to bring confidence back. Let us embrace innovation and act decisively,” said the appointed minister.
During the meeting, committee members provided an update on the ongoing matters related to the decisions taken by the task force to date.
Minister Radegonde was briefed on the functioning of the classification of countries, PCR testing protocols, the progress on the setting up of the support assistance for the Seychelles Health Travel Authorisation software locally among other working points.
The tourism task force was previously chaired by the former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Didier Dogley.
Press release from STB News Bureau