As 2014 closed, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, issued a Facebook message wishing the tourism operators in Seychelles a Happy New Year, and he then used international online press to wish the World of Tourism in the Community of Nations a Happy New Year.
The Seychelles Minister has thanked the team members of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Seychelles Tourism Board, the Seychelles Tourism Academy, the National Arts Council, the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, and the International Creole Institute for their support and for the dedication in their work.
In his message to the World of Tourism, Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles has appealed for togetherness if we are to surmount the challenges facing the tourism industry. “As I appeal for togetherness among tourism operators in Seychelles, I also tell my colleagues working through the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) that it is more important today than it was last year for us to work together to review challenges we face as an industry. Let us look at security issues, let us look at the ongoing challenges of air access, let us look at encouraging the concept of sustainable tourism, etc.,” said the Seychelles Minister.
His message spells the need for regional cooperation as much as he impresses the need for international cooperation. “We need to be promoting our industry, and we need to be ironing out the challenges we face. This is as much domestically for us in Seychelles as it is for the World of Tourism in the Community of Nations,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.
He welcomed the “I Love Seychelles” 2015 national theme that has been declared by the island’s President, James Michel. “We need ourselves to love our country first, then together we can join forces to convince tour operators, travel agents, and the potential holiday maker to love Seychelles as the tourism destination of choice,” St.Ange said.
“Tourism remains a people’s industry, and this implies that the people need to unite for the cause first. Yes, we have launched the first cross-sectorial Ministerial Meeting to re-look at the challenges the Seychelles tourism industry was facing, that is but a start. We also need to work together for the industry,” the Minister said.
President James A Michel of the Seychelles has dedicated the year 2015 to the theme of “I Love Seychelles,” which on his part he said was a highly-inspirational theme that appeals to the patriotism of all Seychellois and their love for the motherland.