Seychelles becomes latest African nation to join GSTC

Move to promote sustainable & responsible tourism
2023-12-14
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/ New Delhi
Seychelles
Seychelles becomes latest African nation to join GSTC

Seychelles comprises about 115 islands, situated about 1600 km east of Kenya and 2800 km southwest of India

In order to promote sustainability in its tourism industry, the African archipelago of Seychelles has joined the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as a member.
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Seychelles is now officially a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The move would foster sustainability and responsibility in its tourism sector, according to Tourism Seychelles, the marketing arm of the tourism department.

“Seychelles’ entry into this network signifies its commitment to learning from the experiences of other nations and sharing its sustainable practices, thereby contributing to a more sustainable future for the entire tourism industry,’’ says Tourism Seychelles in a press statement.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is a global network of like-minded individuals and organisations that are committed to promoting sustainable tourism practices worldwide. Tourism is the bedrock of the economy in Seychelles, that comprises about 115 islands, situated about 1600 km east of Kenya and 2800 km southwest of India.

‘‘We are pleased to be part of a global network of like-minded people that are committed to the same ideals and the development of a more moral and ethical tourism sector,’’ says Sherin Francis, Principal Secretary for Tourism.

‘‘We also aim to learn more about what other nations are doing and to inspire and educate people on how to make positive changes in their communities and contribute to a more sustainable future through sharing our sustainable experiences,’’ she added.

Francis said that membership for Seychelles was a declaration of the destination’s continued commitment to sustainable tourism.

The Indian Ocean island nation has in place a Seychelles Sustainable Tourist Label (SSTL), a sustainable tourism management and certification initiative operating for the past 10 years, says the press statement.

Seychelles also recently introduced a ‘Sustainable Seychelles’ brand to increase sustainability in the island nation with a shared goal of preserving the destination for future generations.

‘‘With a focus on harmony and shared responsibility, the brand seeks to offer a thorough road map for implementing and advancing sustainable practises throughout the travel and tourism sector and adjacent industries,’’ adds Tourism Seychelles.

Randy Durband

Randy Durband

Through encouraging collaboration and active participation, the brand hopes to ensure that Seychelles remains a consistently clean and environmentally conscientious travel destination.

Tourism Seychelles says that by joining GSTC, Seychelles strengthens its dedication to sustainable tourism and gains access to a global network of resources and expertise that will help the destination achieve its sustainability goals.

‘‘Tourism, when approached with a vision of sustainability, has the potential to be a beacon of positive transformation, igniting local economic progress and bridging global communities with understanding. We wish Seychelles the best of success in its journey towards sustainable tourism,’’ says Randy Durband, Chief Executive Officer of GSTC.

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