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Africa Investment Opportunities in tourism

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Written by Alain St.Ange

Democratic Republic of Congo Minister Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, the former Minister of Tourism and Culture launched his tourism book ” RDC: Investment Opportunities in tourism” on Friday 29 June at the Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo in Kinshasa in the presence of Minister Jean-Lucien Bussa, the Minister of State responsible for International Trade and a five person delegation from the “European Universities Editions” of Germany.

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Democratic Republic of Congo Minister Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, the former Minister of Tourism and Culture launched his tourism book ” RDC: Investment Opportunities in tourism” on Friday 29 June at the Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo in Kinshasa in the presence of Minister Jean-Lucien Bussa, the Minister of State responsible for International Trade and a five person delegation from the “European Universities Editions” of Germany.

Alain St.Ange, the former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles delivered the address at the launch of the tourism industry book, written by his colleague and friend Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara.

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles delivering his address

Speaking from his heart and off the cuff as he is now known for, former Minister Alain St.Ange retraced the era when, together with Minister Elvis Mutiri wa Bushara, they worked for tourism for their respective countries and for increasing the tourism traffic flow into Africa. “We both knew that Africa had all the key USPs needed but we also knew that Africa needed visibility to remain relevant in the world of tourism. With our other dedicated colleagues from the continent, we pushed hard, but more, so much more needs to be done”. said Alain St.Ange. He went on to congratulate RDC for seeing a book published by Europe that showcases their tourism opportunities and in so doing opening the door for Africa. Former Minister St.Ange reiterated that tourism was the industry that needed to be embraced, because it could and would, put money in the pockets of  each and every African. Especially when tourism is developed using culture, and putting people at the centre of development of the country.

When they took to the floor, Mohamed Taoufiq El Hajji and Cristina Marcu representing the publishers of the book, retraced how they worked with former Minister Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, and how this book would be the strong link in the country’s evolution its economic growth and RDC’s social and intercultural evolution, before presenting to the former Minister and author of the book with a Diploma as an Author.

Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara receives his Diploma from Cristina Marcu and
the Publisher’s Team Lambert Muller, Mohamed Taoufiq El Hajji,
Elvis Mutiri wa Bashara, Benoit Novel, Cristina Marcu and Jian Aurora

It was Professor Nyabirungu Mwana Songa of RDC who had the honour of presenting the new tourism book to the gathered Ministers, foreign Diplomats, MPs, Local elected representatives and the local tourism industry. He retraced the professional work and career of Elvis Muturi wa Bashara and brought out his political and professional life including his period in exile which he used to further his studies coming back after a number of years stronger that before. He also analysed the book citing the points covered and highlighting the tourism attractions of the RDC that was covered.

Elvis Muturi wa Bashara said when he took to the podium how happy he was to have had friends who stood by him when he was in office as a Minister and also when he was working to compile needed information for the book itself. His thank you speech was appreciated by all present.

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Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel.

He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of

After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization.

In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation.

At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange.

St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style.

His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body.

African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor.

As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart.

In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere.

St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada”

Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit.

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