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Qatari Leadership Shapes African Tourism, Halal Tourism and SMEs

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Written by Alain St.Ange

The Africa Halal Forum will be launched on September 18 in Ghana. With assistance by the oil-rich country of Qatar, Africa, and Asia are joining forces on many fronts, also in Halal Tourism.

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TIME 2023, the upcoming Global WTN Executive Summit in Bali, Indonesia will have Dr. Jens Thraenhart of the African Asian Union participating, including travel trade from Kenya.

Alain St. Ange, Vice President of the World Tourism Network will be part of the high-level discussion at TIME 2023 in Bali, and Halal Tourism is a big part of cooperation for many Muslim-dominated countries such as Indonesia.

St. Ange, who is also a consultant for Ghana will point out how Qatari Leadership has been making a difference in the upcoming Africa Halal Forum in Ghana. This forum will be launched on the 18th of September 2023.

St. Ange, a former minister of Tourism for his native Seychelles said: “Tourism is never a single-sided affair, and cooperation between States, Airlines and the Tourism Industry is always key to success and long-term partnership.

Emmanuel Treku, in his capacity as the Convener & CEO of Inter Tourism Expo Accra, met the Qatari Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Hamed Mohammed Al Suwaidi in Accra to discuss tourism opportunities between Africa and Qatar.

The meeting was also attended by the incoming Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Prince Kofi Kludjeson of the Inter Tourism Expo Accra.

Treku discusses Halal Tourism at the meeting in the Qatari Embassy in Accra. Both sides agreed to hold a cultural exchange via the annual tourism expo in both Ghana and Qatar 

2.  Instituting the Halal Africa Forum on the ideals of developing Halal Industry and Tourism Sustainability in West Africa

3. Joint promotional efforts of Inter Tourism Expo Accra with the mission as a conduit to Qatar Travel Market and business tourism positioning in Ghana and vice versa. 

His Excellency Hamed Mohammed Al Suwaidi moved the need for an immediate Memorandum of Understanding to confirm the action points and deliverables fostering this collaboration.

His Excellency the Qatari Ambassador further pledged his attendance at the 2023 Inter Tourism Expo and future support to the annual Inter Tourism Expo.

According to St. Ange, this is a typical example of how the public sector (Government of Qatar) can work with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (Exhibitors at the Inter Tourism Expo) can work together on a win-win arrangement benefiting SMEs in the Global Travel and Tourism Industry.

The World Tourism Network is doing exactly this. Bringing SMEs to the table with big companies, governments, and other stakeholders to ensure business and new niche opportunities.

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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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