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African Tourism Board recognizes Costa Rica as an emerging leader in World Tourism

Alain St.Ange, African Tourism Board President
Written by Alain St.Ange

With 52 countries in Africa as members of the World Tourism Organization, the continent is by far the most important region for UNWTO when it comes to votes.
President Alain St. Ange wants Africa to stand up and vote at the upcoming UNWTO General Assembly in Spain after Costa Rica took a brave initiative standing up for transparency and fairness.

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  • “It’s a good day for UNWTO for African Tourism Board and World Tourism”
  • The African Tourism Board president Alain St. Ange reached out to the Hon. Minister of Tourism for Costa Rica, the Hon. Minister Gustav Segura Costa Sancho and thanked him for his vision and intervention in requesting a secret ballot at the upcoming UNWTO confirmation hearing for the Secretary-General nomination.
  • Alain St. Ange, who was the former minister of Tourism of Seychelles has his own experience with the UNWTO election process and said.

“My congratulation to the Costa Rica Minister of Tourism for his motion to call for a secret ballot for the confirmation process at the upcoming General Assembly in Madrid.”

This is a good development and I applaud Costa Rica for stepping up. It will assure integrity in the upcoming vote and if it opens re-election it will assure a fair process and competition for this important post in world tourism.

I would say it’s a good day for UNWTO for ATB and for World Tourism”.

Tourism is a major industry that is so important for the Community of Nations and our UN body must be seen to be complying with the expected norm in choosing its leadership.

My appeal is for Africa to play an important role in the upcoming election and for countries to participate and vote.

We have 52 UNWTO members, which is the largest percentage of any continent.

Here is a list of African member countries:

  1. Algeria
  2. Angola
  3. Benin
  4. Botswana
  5. Burkina Faso
  6. Burundi
  7. Cabo Verde
  8. Cameroon
  9. Central African Republic
  10. Chad
  11. Congo
  12. Cote d’Ivoire
  13. Democratic Republic of Congo
  14. Djibouti
  15. Egypt
  16. Equatorial Guinea
  17. Eswatini
  18. Ethiopia
  19. Federal Republic of Somalia
  20. Gabon
  21. Gambia
  22. Ghana
  23. Guinea
  24. Guinea Bissau
  25. Kenya
  26. Lesotho
  27. Liberia
  28. Libya
  29. Madagascar
  30. Malawi
  31. Mai
  32. Mauritania
  33. Mauritius
  34. Morocco
  35. Mozambique
  36. Namibia
  37. Niger
  38. Nigeria
  39. Rwanda
  40. Sao Tome and Principe
  41. Senegal
  42. Seychelles
  43. Sierra Leone
  44. South Africa
  45. Sudan
  46. Togo
  47. Tunisia
  48. Uganda
  49. Union of the Comoros
  50. United Republic of Tanzania
  51. Zambia
  52. Zimbabwe

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    About the author

    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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