Following on from Seychelles’ admission to RETOSA, the regional tourism organization for Southern African countries at the meeting of SADC ministers responsible for tourism in Livingstone, Zambia, between June 19-23, 2011, Seychelles has been elected to serve on two of its executive committees.
The three-man Seychelles delegation to the conference consisted of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange; regional tourism director for Africa, David Germain; and STB copywriter and tourism consultant, Glynn Burridge.
The Seychelles delegation made their case to join RETOSA, citing the fact that Seychelles is Africa’s smallest nation with limited resources and already involved in a costly war against piracy. RETOSA members accepted Seychelles’ application and a pro-rata membership fee to be paid on the basis of visitor arrivals with the exact quantum to be decided at the next RETOSA board meeting.
Following its admission to the ranks of RETOSA, Alain St.Ange was elected to two both the RETOSA executive committee and marketing and communication committee. Other members serving on the executive committee are: Mauritius (chair); Seychelles; DR Congo; Lesotho; Mozambique; Swaziland; Tanzania; Zambia and Zimbabwe. Countries elected to serve on the marketing and communication committee are: Zimbabwe (chair); Seychelles; Botswana; DR Congo and Malawi.