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Seychelles Yachting benefits from new UK comedy series

Seychelles Yachting benefits from new UK comedy series

The Seychelles Tourism Board has made a contribution of SR 10,000 to the Seychelles Yachting Association, linked to the recent shooting of an upcoming comedy series to be aired in the UK.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis, presented the SR 10,000 check to the Chairman of the Seychelles Yachting Association, Alain Alcindor, at the STB Headquarters at Botanical House, on Friday.

This was in the presence of STB’s Deputy Chief Executive Jenifer Sinon, Senior Marketing Executive Maria Morel and the Secretary of the Seychelles Yachting Association, Betty Alcindor.

Mrs. Francis explained that the donation of the SR10,000 is on behalf of the Mc Queen family, who extended their generosity towards the filming, as their property borders one of the beaches chosen by the UK-based production company Baby Cow Productions.

The upcoming comedy series titled High and Dry, which unfolds with passengers surviving a plane crash on a deserted island, was filmed entirely on location in Seychelles and will be featuring the exotic backdrop and sceneries of the well-known beaches of Anse du Riz and Anse Major.

“After securing approval from the relevant authorities for the company to use the two beaches for the filming we were also in contact with the Mc Queen family who owns an adjacent property at Anse du Riz, as we knew that in spite of the filming being done on the beach, which is public, there would be inevitable instances where those involved in the production would step onto the private property,” said Mrs. Francis.

“After negotiating with the family and having explained STB’s involvement in getting Baby Cow productions to Seychelles and efforts to reduce their production cost, the Mc Queen family agreed that instead of asking for a payment from STB, they would rather ask for a donation to be made to the Seychelles Yachting Association,” Mrs. Francis added.

The STB chief executive has thanked the Mc Queen family for supporting the production of the television series, which is expected to bring added visibility for Seychelles in the UK once it starts airing.

Accepting the donation, Mr. Alcindor also thanked both the Mc Queen family and STB for the generous contribution, which he said will be used to further develop sailing as a sport, especially among the Seychellois youths.
“We are putting a lot of emphasis on the youths and have been seeing a lot of interest from them. This is a good sign for the association as it represents progress, but at the same time, it means we also have to get more equipment. So I can assure you that the money will be put to good use,” Mr. Alcindor added.

The shooting of scenes for the six half-hour episodes of High and Dry, was done from July 9 to August 4, 2017. The series will be aired on E4 – a digital entertainment channel owned by Channel 4 in the UK.