Seychelles Carnaval 8-10 February 2013

The Carnaval International de Victoria that is held annually in Victoria, Seychelles will this year see the world’s best and most popular carnivals flying to Seychelles for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island’s 2013 carnival. These world best carnivals will be parading side by side followed by cultural troupes from the Community of Nations.

The island’s Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture, Mr Alain St.Ange, says that the Indian Ocean and Africa Region are rallying to offer to the world an event that will showcase their own respective cultures and their people. “No Government should be ashamed to showcase their people and culture. The carnival of carnivals is like a tourism trade fair, and remains the venue for Governments from far and wide, through their own Tourism of Culture Departments, to meet the large press fraternity and fly their flag as their respective rich culture is shown to the world. There can be no consolidation of tourism without culture and this message I am echoing from the heart of a tourism paradise, the Seychelles, where tourism remains the pillar of its economy” said Minister St.Ange.

This popular carnival of carnivals is to be jointly co-hosted for its 2013 edition by the Vanilla Islands of Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar and by the Vic Falls & Safari tourism destination of Zimbabwe. The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands are looking to seriously promote a ‘from the Big Five to the Best Five’ twin centre holiday concept where a mainland African safari is promoted in combination with a tropical beach holiday.

This unique carnival of carnivals is cited as being an equator event, staged when Europe is in its winter months, to provide the world with a carnival break in a tropical environment.

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How to participateThe travel trade are welcome to participate by either entering their own carnival float or marketing tailor-made carnival package tours.

Airline tickets: A wide selection of airlines fly to Seychelles and group rates are available on most. The
Seychelles Tourism Board is willing to assist with making bookings through its many Tourist Board Offices across the world.

Visa requirements: No visas are required for Seychelles. Presentation of a valid passport, return ticket,
proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay will secure a one-month visitor’s permit.

Accommodation: Visitors and participants will have a selection of accommodation options to choose from during their stay ranging from large and small hotels, guesthouses and self-catering. The Seychelles Tourism Board can negotiate special carnival rates.

Trucks & Trailers for carnival floats can be rented for participants’ individual floats. Details of your required
transport a types and cost of rental can be supplied on request from the organising committee.

Recruitment of casual labour of tradesmen: Arrangements can be made to source casual workers and tradesmen for assembling floats. Rates will be negotiated on behalf of the participants by the Organising Committee.

The Organising Committee: This is the body responsible for organising the carnival and for providing
for its various logistical requirements. Mrs Marymonde Matatiken, Manager Events and Convention at the Seychelles Tourism Board is the person responsible for the Seychelles Carnival. She may be contacted by email on [email protected].

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