It is Bank Holiday Monday. It is Notting Hill Carnival weekend. It is also grey and raining in west London. Earlier this year I was in the Seychelles with some of the organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival after pitching an idea to The Evening Standard.
The Seychelles was once a premium tourist destination. But its efforts have been hit hard by the low-cost flying revolution as well as piracy in the Indian Ocean which brought the archipelago close to a recession.
The three-day Seychelles carnival was an attempt to try and reignite the appeal of the country while boosting tourism revenue. Unlike Rio or New Orleans (or indeed Notting Hill) the Carnaval International de Victoria is a parade of more than 20 of the world’s top carnivals. Being there was an eye opener – the opportunity to see the Rio carnival alongside the South African Cape Town Minstrels, and of course Notting Hill.
You can read the Evening Standard piece I wrote here.