The Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, who is also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization, has written to the La Reunion President of the region to congratulate him for having brought a United Nations World Tourism Organization to La Reunion and to the Indian Ocean.
Mr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, who was personally in La Reunion to chair this tourism conference on tourism development through a sustainable approach, said that the Indian Ocean Region and its Vanilla Island Organization was the new tourism destination as he addressed the Ministerial Meeting of the Vanilla Islands.
Minister St.Ange, in a letter to President Didier Robert, said that he was proud to be considered a friend of La Reunion and honored to be serving a second mandate as the President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. “Through the unity we are displaying in our Vanilla Islands Organization, we shall launch our region as the new tourism region. This will be beneficial for our respective islands economies and help ensure our islanders find better employment as tourism take its rightful place in the region as a whole,” Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.
Some forty countries and four hundred delegates from the four corners of the world of tourism participated in the four days of conference in La Reunion.
President Didier Robert, who holds the responsibility for tourism in the La Reunion administration was instrumental in getting the UNWTO Conference to the Indian Ocean. This has kept the region as a whole in the forefront and increased the visibility of La Reunion, Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, Mayotte, and Maldives, the seven islands making the Vanilla islands.