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Reunion at Sagasdom 2019 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles

Written by Alain St.Ange

“La Réunion lé la” . Reunion is here was the slogan used by the Indian Ocean Island at Sagasdom 2019 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. This trade fair was the opportunity for Reunion to increase its visibility as it showcased the local products of the island.

La Maison de l’Export of Reunion was heading this presence of their island in the French Capital and they thanked their partners and companies who made it possible for this participation by Reunion Island namely:- Ile de La Réunion Tourisme (IRT), Umih et le Club de la Restauration , Sucre Réunion, Région Réunion, Passion Epices, La Kaz Créole, Eric Lavalle “Les produits rares péi” , Rhum Métiss, Rhums et Punchs Isautier, SCA Fruits De La Réunion, Ô Ti Marché épicerie, Restaurant and cave à vin.

Reunion also made the point to say thank you to Ophely Mezino for her visit at the island’s stand in Paris. They said that she remains proud of her Guadeloupeans and Réunionnais origin.

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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 When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace,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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