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President of African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange: Continent must protect our culture

President of African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange: Continent must protect our culture
President of African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange: Continent must protect our culture
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President of the African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange says the continent must protect our culture as world celebrates ‘La Francophonie’ Day

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  • President of African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange marks March 20, international La Francophonie Day
  • President Alain St.Ange did not hesitate to seize this blissful French-speaking energy and called for the Continent to show determination and creativity
  • Alain St.Ange: we will be able to protect and perpetuate our unique cultural diversity

On this day of 20 March, international Francophonie Day, the President of the African Tourism Board Alain St.Ange wishes all French-speaking states and countries around the world and their friends a happy celebration. He recalled that the world has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic for a year now, and added that this health crisis by upsetting established habits and mechanisms has not spared the tourism industry.

On this joyful occasion, expressed under a theme of hope and action “French-speaking women, resilient women”, President Alain St.Ange did not hesitate to seize this blissful French-speaking energy and call for the Continent to show determination and creativity in order to give meaning and value to the wisdom and know-how of our grandmothers, our mothers and sisters who are also the fervent guardians and carriers of traditions and culture to our visitors and young generations.

It is also in this sense that we will be able to protect and perpetuate our unique cultural diversity, a universal value of which we are all proud of it.

Le président du Conseil du Tourisme pour l’afrique, Alain St-Ange, affirme que le continent doit protéger sa culture alors que le monde célèbre la Journée de la Francophonie.

En ce jour du 20 mars, la Journée Internationale de la Francophonie, le Président du Conseil du Tourisme pour l’Afrique Alain St.Ange souhaite à tous les Etats et pays francophones dans les quatre coins du monde et leurs amis une heureuse célébration. Il a rappelé que cela fait un an déjà que le monde lutte contre la pandémie COVID-19 et il a ajouté que cette crise sanitaire en bouleversant les habitudes et les mécanismes établis n’a pas épargné l’industrie du tourisme. 

En cette heureuse occasion manifesté sous un thème d’espoir et d’action « Femmes francophones, femmes résilientes », le Président Alain St.Ange n’a pas hésité de saisir cette heureuse énergie francophone et lancer un appel pour que le Continent fait preuve de détermination et de créativité afin de donner sens et valeur à la sagesse et aux savoir-faire de nos grand-mères, nos mères et nos sœurs lesquelles sont aussi les ferventes gardiennes et passeuses de traditions et cultures à nos visiteurs et à nos jeunes générations. 

C’est aussi dans ce sens que nous arriverons à protéger et perpétuer notre unique diversité culturelle, une valeur universelle dont nous en sommes tous fiers.

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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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