Miss Seychelles…another world 2014 Camila Estico was joined by the three beauty queens from Australia, Tanzania and the United States of America this weekend to add four endemic plants to the grounds of the Seychelles Botanical Gardens in Victoria.
The tree planting activity was organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board in close collaboration with the National Botanical Gardens Foundation.
Present at the ceremony were the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune and that for culture Benjamine Rose, the National Botanical Gardens Foundation’s chief executive Raymond Brioche, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken and its deputy Nathalie Didon.
Before planting their Ixora pudica tree, an endemic plant to the Seychelles, Miss Tanzania Happiness Watimanywa, Miss Australia Courtney Thorpe, Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit and the Seychelles’ beauty queen Camila Estico were given a guided tour of the botanical gardens, seeing the endemic coco de mer and other plants.
They were then each presented with two books ̶ Seychelles Festival of the Sea and Seychelles, The Coco de Mer, a national treasure.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister St.Ange said it is an honour for Seychelles to have Miss World contestants on our shores.
It is a different approach that we have taken to have ‘the face’ of your countries in Seychelles, instead of just cultural delegations, he added.
“The beauty of Seychelles is part of our culture and our diversity is the strength of our country,” the Seychelles Minister said.
The young ladies have echoed words of thanks to Seychelles for the hospitality they have received and vowed to come back to our islands. They left the gardens with a souvenir plaque which will remind them of the trees planted in Seychelles.