Seychelles Tourism Board’s Alain St. Ange and Glynn Burridge formed a two-man, Seychelles delegation at the 5th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism, held in Lusaka, Zambia, between May 16-19, 2011.
Attended by some 300 prominent, international delegates from the sectors of tourism, energy, politics, and academia, the conference focused on examining case studies of some of the greatest challenges facing today’s global tourism industry and proposing solutions through discussions, new partnerships, and synergies.
‘The conference provided us with the ideal forum to interact with our foreign counterparts and to examine the various issues facing us: the effects of climate change, the lack of security in certain destinations, and other similar challenges,” stated Alain St.Ange, “and I am proud to say that it was a resounding success.”
He went on to explain how the Seychelles delegation had held very productive meetings with members of the Zambian tourism industry and other partners in the region, including RETOSA, reaching agreement on several key matters concerning future, regional cooperation.
Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, was chosen to be a keynote speaker at the conference, and he delivered his address on the afternoon of Tuesday the 17th. “The speech went down extremely well,” commented Glynn Burridge, “perhaps because, in its tone, it went straight to the heart.
Certainly, the audience was very moved by what they heard and it created a buzz that placed Seychelles on the tip of everyone’s tongue.”
This, he went on to explain, was instrumental in creating awareness of the Seychelles islands, as well as interest in its forthcoming events: the 2nd edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria and SUBIOS, the Seychelles Festival of the Sea. “The levels of interest we managed to drum up in Seychelles were totally disproportionate to the little amount of time we spent there. It was extraordinary, by the end of the conference, how many people were referencing Seychelles,” Glynne Burridge said.