I am writing to attach a translated copy of the statement I made in the Seychelles
National Assembly on Tuesday 23rd July 2013 regarding clients right of entry in public bars, restaurants and other public facilities in hotels.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture had received reports that Seychellois clients were being denied entry in bars and other public facilities in hotels currently holding a public license. The Ministry remains very concerned with this development and hopes that this does not develop into a common practice by any hotel in the country.
The law clearly states that Hotels holding a public license should not restrict access to any clients, including Seychellois, to public bars and other public facilities. This of course comes with certain hotel conditions that clients must abide by.
Discrimination against Seychellois should not be a policy in any hotel, and it will not be tolerated by the Government of Seychelles. We hope that hotel management in our country will use this opportunity to sensitise their staff on this issue, and that one off restriction of entry to any establishment should be for a valid reason only.
The Statement delivered in the national Assembly also indicates steps that clients should take if they feel that their right to access hotels has been violated and spells out the course of action that will be followed by the State to ensure it does not happen again.
We hope that we will not receive any further such reports regarding these types of incidents, and that we continue to work together in our quest to promote and to encourage the continued development of the tourism industry in our country.
I count on your usual support