Seychelles waits with its Creole

image_84The 28th edition of the Creole Festival that will be celebrated from October 25-31, 2013 in the Seychelles is all set to go. This annual manifestation is aimed to raise the profile of all those who consider themselves a Creole, to also consolidate the Creole identity, and to showcase the achievements in the world of Creoles.

Victoria, the accepted Creole Capital of the World, does that in valorizing, and in promoting the Creole oral traditions and cultures. Anyone who is proud to be a Creole will be in Victoria, the Creole Capital of the World, for the festival this year. It is important for all those who say they are a Creole to feel proud about it and to be seen and be counted as one for the world to see. One of the main objectives of the 2013 edition of the Creole Festival is to attract mass participation in the various activities aimed at consolidating the pride of being a Creole. The Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture has programmed a weekend of popular and new outdoor activities during the first 3 days of the festival, while the academic and indoor activities will be done on weekdays.

KreolThis year all the major activities for this coming edition of the Creole Festival will be held in different venues in the center of Victoria itself. Considering the significant and rich potential values such a festival brings, the Republic of Seychelles has confirmed the participation of delegations from La Reunion, Mauritius, and the islands of Rodrigues and Martinique, all creole speaking communities.

The diversity of culture that makes the Seychellois Creole will be celebrated through the art of Creole living style through music, dance, arts, cuisine and the ‘Joie de vive’ of all Seychellois and of all proud Creoles of the world. It is confirmed that the Vice President of Mauritius, the President of the Regional Council of La Reunion, and the President of the General Council of La Reunion will all be present in Seychelles for the 2013 edition of the Creole Festival in the Creole Capital of the World.

 

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Go Fiji, Be Happy!

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Tourism Fiji has unveiled new branding and advertising that positions Fiji as the happiest place on earth. This is the culmination of a new global strategic direction launched around the world with a new website design, social media/PR and advertising campaign. The branding reflects consumer insight that identified Fiji as the Happiest Place in the World in the 2011 WinGallup Global Barometer of Happiness.

CEO of Tourism Fiji, Rick Hamilton said this finding provided the perfect opportunity for the development of a new creative platform: ‘Fiji – where happiness finds you.’

“When you think about it, the whole world is continually looking for happiness,” Hamilton explained.“But actually, it’s Fijians, the people who are trying the least, who have it the most. We wanted to demonstrate why Fiji is the happiest place in the world and ultimately to show how this happiness can be transferred to our visitors.”

Hamilton said the brief was to develop the brand and strategy to represent the essence of Fiji – the people’s spirit and friendliness, the place and the experiences.

“Fiji offers an idyllic environment and diversity of experiences and this gives it a unique identity,”Hamilton added. “The locals make our visitors smile and feel happy and we also wanted to demonstrate the culture and choices offered on our serene and relaxing tropical islands.”

“This is crucial, because it’s what sets Fiji apart from other island destinations. They all have beautiful beaches, sun and clear water, but none of them make you feel the way Fiji does,” Hamilton said.

The campaign was shot over two weeks on location in Fiji in the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups, Denarau, Nadi, the highlands and the Coral Coast on Viti Levu and Tavenui in the north.

Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. For the perfect holiday, it offers affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5 star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or book an island to yourself. Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism. For business travel there is no better place halfway between North America and Asia. Weddings and honeymoons in Fiji are a dream of a lifetime, and families and children have a special place here.