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President of African Tourism Board reacts to UN International Forest Day & World Water Day

Alain St.Ange, President of African Tourism Board reacts to UN International Forest Day & World Water Day
President of the Africa Tourism Board Alain St.Ange
Written by Alain St.Ange

Alain St.Ange encourages all members and the tourism world to take opportunity of these periods of reflection given to undertake efforts to spread consciousness about the importance of protecting forests and recovering the ecosystems.

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  • United Nations celebrates the International Forest day on march 21
  • People around the world depends on the forests for livelihood and daily needs
  • The President also joined in the celebration of the World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2021 under the theme ‘Valuing Water’

Every year on March 21, the United Nations celebrates the International Forest day. This year’s theme is: ‘Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being’. Forests are the lungs of this Earth. People around the world depends on the forests for livelihood and daily needs and they help prevent global warming. On this occasion, the President of the Africa Tourism Board Alain St.Ange encourages all members and the tourism world to take opportunity of these periods of reflection given to undertake efforts to spread consciousness about the importance of protecting forests and recovering the ecosystems. 

Moreover, during the Africa Tourism Board Forum held on 22nd March 2021, this necessity to address issues which could lead to extinction of some of the endangered species and pose a serious threat to the biodiversity. We are all aware of the escalating of poaching will not only diminish the diversity of the wildlife but also impact negatively on the tourism industry the President said. He wishes to intensely highlight that the commitment on anti-poaching strategy discussed during the Forum will surely benefit the global wildlife conservation efforts.

With his constant and firm commitment for the protection and preservation of the planet, the President also joined in the celebration of the World Water Day on the 22nd of March 2021 under the theme ‘Valuing Water’. Through this message, the President Alain St.Ange wishes to call Africa Tourism Board members and encourage them directly and indirectly to multiply efforts making everyone understand the importance of a drop of water and act in a responsible way while consuming this finite and irreplaceable resource.

Water is ‘life’ he said. In fact, water has an enormous value for our households, food, culture, health, education and economics as well as for our natural environment. 

‘Water, forests and biodiversity are key elements of the planet survival,’ he concluded and as a tourism propeller the Africa Tourism Board has the noble duty to also make a contribution.

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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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