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    The Indian Ocean Islands of Seychelles get their independence from Britain on Monday (28 June) and much of their future prosperity will come from the development of the tourism industry.

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    The Indian Ocean Islands of Seychelles get their independence from Britain on Monday (28 June) and much of their future prosperity will come from the development of the tourism industry.

    SYNOPSIS: The Seychelles group comprises 86 islands, about a thousand miles from the coast of East Africa. Numerous travellers and writers have termed it a paradise. Part of its attraction lies in the variety of life styles on the island. The island present an extraordinary example of racial mixing but the minorities have largely maintained their ethnic identity.

    But independence is going to bring an uncertain economic future. The islands have very few handicrafts and no manufacturing or processing industries. They lie in the middle of one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, but these are grossly underdeveloped. The Government intends to develop that industry, but meanwhile the islanders watch the Japanese, Koreans and taiwanese taking in large hauls of fine fish.

    The Government is also relying heavily on tourism possibilities. An airport opened the Seychelles to the world in 1971. It's hoped the islands could become self-sufficient on an economy based on tourism in 10 years, but tourism minister David Joubert, says the development will be watched closely.

    Tourism has shown a spectacular growth since the opening of the airport. Six years ago there were only about 140 hotel beds in Seychelles and about 1600 visitors spent time there annually. By the end of last year the number of beds had increased to 1700 and the visitors to about 32,000. This was despite a fall in international tourism.

    It was Britain's idea to build the airport and she has also promised the Seychelles substantial help after independence. This will be given in the form of budgetary support and capital aid and in a much needed technical assistance programme. The Government is also actively pursuing foreign investment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18V9SDSWC8OUTZUX2TIETG5KC
    Media URN:
    VLVA18V9SDSWC8OUTZUX2TIETG5KC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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