Minister Michael Sik Yuen of Mauritius made time at the ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin to update Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands (Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles) on his meeting in Italy with Costa Cruises.
Minister Sik Yuen briefed his Seychelles counterpart in the presence of Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board that Costa Cruises was returning to Mauritius and to the Indian Ocean from January 2015. Minister Sik Yuen of Mauritius accompanied by Karl Mootoosamy his head of the MTPA (Mauritius Tourism Promotional Authority) had met with Norbert Stiekema, the Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing at Costa Cruises.
The Mauritian Minister explained that from his meeting it was now confirmed that two cruise ships of 1600 passengers would be in the Indian Ocean offering 14 night cruises around theVanilla islands. Minister Sik Yuen said that in May he was planning a meeting with partners and Port Authorities of the region to finalise best practices for increased benefits from cruise ships based in the Indian Ocean. Minister Sik Yuen said that this confirmation would bring an added boost to the Indian Ocean’s tourism industry.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands both said that this was good news for the region and thank Minister Michael Sik Yuen for making time to update them of the good news.