The annual Carnaval International de Victoria has once again proven hugely successful for the Seychelles tourism industry, with many visitors flocking to experience the party atmosphere over the weekend.
Jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal, this celebration to end all celebrations, is unique for inviting delegations from major cities to show off their annual carnivals.
Attendees included representatives of the UK's famed Notting Hill Carnival, the Brazil Carnival, the Dusseldorf Carnival of Germany and the Carnival of Indonesia.
The result was a colourful spectrum of performance, dance, music and art that showcased every nation's special culture.
Alain St Ange, the Seychelles minister responsible for tourism and culture, said that the event is important as it allows destinations to be sampled through more than glossy brochures and Google Images.
"Putting one's culture in the forefront brings depth to one's destination," he added. "When one's culture is showcased, we are putting our people at the centre of our tourism development."
Mr Ange also quoted Mahatma Gandhi's famous saying, "The culture of a nation lives in the heart and in the soul of its people" and proclaimed it to be the duty of every government to place people rather than landmarks at the heart of their tourism campaigns.
While the Carnaval International de Victoria may be over for 2014, holidaymakers keen to sample the unique culture of the Seychelles can do so aboard one of our exotic cruises.
As the archipelago is spread over a number of islands, travelling from one landmass to the next is the best way to get a broad look at what the culture is really like. Consult the Seychelles Cruise in the Garden of Eden for more information.