Being someone who is aspiring to work in the tourism industry, I was eager to learn about how the Four Seasons Resort is working in collaboration with WiseOceans. After being welcomed by the 3 of the members of the Wise Oceans team namely, Mr. Rick Bonnier who is a marine educator, Ms. Jyodee Sannassy Pilly who is also a marine educator and Mr. Bernard Toinette who is a skipper and marine educator support. We we’re shown a video which showed us how the four season hotel franchise started, in this video it showed us some practices that the four season itself started. Such as introducing shampoo in the bathroom as well as installing television sets in front of treadmills. And this is now practice by many hotels all over the world.
The main lesson I took from the video was that no dream is too big or too small. We also got the chance to meet the general manager who talked to us about his career in the industry and how you should love your job and not feel like it is a burden but see it as something you are passionate about.
After learning more about the resort, Mr. Rick and Ms. Jyodee gave us an overview of what they do, their aim is to share maximum knowledge to the guest about the ocean and all the creatures that inhabit it. They share this knowledge by organizing guided snorkeling sessions ,reef discovering, mangroves discovering and other activities as well. The ‘Hobbit Club’ organizes activities such as treasure hunts for the children to know more about the marine life, which to me is a great initiative as it teaches children from a young age that their every action may have an impact on the ocean.
One of the main points that was presented to us in the presentation was the many threats to the corals not only in Mauritius but which is affecting Seychelles as well. Such as the growth of thorns that feed on the polyps and causes them to die. They use a chemical called sodium bisulfate which they inject the thorns with and kills the thorns. Other threats include anchor damage, coral bleaching, irresponsible tourism and others. I am learning so much and I know my knowledge on the ocean will be more after this amazing journey.
Till next time!