The FINA/Hosa Marathon Swim World Series event was held at the famous Beau Vallon beach in 2019. (Seychelles Nation)
(Seychelles News Agency) – The construction of a sports arena and the establishment of a water sports academy are two investment opportunities in Seychelles for potential investors, a senior official has said.
The opportunity to invest in both facilities was presented to potential investors during the Seychelles launch Sports tourism to Dubai Exhibition recently.
The director general of the National Sports Council, Jean Larue, said that the event is already bearing fruit.
“Currently Mr. Olivier Aubray, the CEO of SEAMOCEAN is in the country for an information mission and to explore the possibilities of development in water sports”, explained Jean Larue.
He said Aubray visited different sites on the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Another SEAMOCEAN official is expected in the country next week when formal discussions are expected to take place with local authorities.
At Dubai ExhibitionLarue unveiled opportunities for investment in sports infrastructure such as the construction of a sports and recreation center and a sports arena that will provide access to sports, leisure, recreation and entertainment activities.
He also presented investment opportunities in traditional sports as well as emerging sports, especially water sports like sport fishing, skydiving, canoeing and swimming, and invited investors to a new page sports and a new sporting atmosphere in the Seychelles.
Larue said new sporting events such as skydiving are already becoming a major attraction in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
|Seychelles sports tourism team at the Dubai Exhibition headed by Minister Vidot. (Ministry of Investment, Entrepreneurship and Industry) Photo License: CC-BY|
A skydiving championship, the FINA Youth World open water competition as well as several big game fishing competitions are some of the international sporting events taking place in Seychelles later this year.
Seychellois sports tourism The delegation was led by the Minister of Investment, Entrepreneurship and Industry, Devika Vidot, who invited guests to Seychelles not only as tourists but also as investors.
“So far, our sports industry compared to the tourism industry is an area of significant but untapped potential in a general sense. Seychelles has a good international record with the launch of new innovative projects, such as our defense of the blue economy strategy at the African level, so it is not surprising that we want to explore the opportunities that sports in all disciplines will offer, but with a particular focus on water sports,” said Vidot.
She added that the island nation should be seen as a destination for adventure and fun, with a particular focus on developing the blue economy sector, as “many opportunities lie in the depths of our pristine ocean.” .
This was echoed by Principal Secretary for Blue Economy, Kenneth Racombo who said that “sports tourism has a strong connection to the blue economy, as it encompasses many ocean activities.”
Racombo added that sports tourism offers the opportunity for lucrative investments and partnerships in the country he has described as the ideal location for the hybrid industry.