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Seychelles and Vanilla Islands at the heart of co-development

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Written by Alain St.Ange

Under the leadership of Wilfrid Bertile, the Vanilla Islands President, and in line with the orientations of the Reunion region, new actions aimed at co-development in the Indian Ocean will be launched in the coming months.

This news follows a meeting late last week in Seychelles between Pascal Viroleau, the Director of the Vanilla Islands Association and the Minister Sylvestre Radegonde, the Seychelles Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism and his PS Sherin Francis. This meeting, which took place on the day of the celebration of the Francophonie in the archipelago, made it possible to share the vision for the future and the implementation of the actions for the Indian Ocean Island’s Vanilla islands.

After months of inactivity, the reopening of the borders gradually allows a resumption of tourist activity.

Engineering, inter-island combinations and cruising will serve as a basis for the renewed development of relations between the islands. The grouping of professionals and cooperation between the institutions of the six islands were also mentioned. It was agreed that to meet new needs, a connection of the small accommodation structures of the different islands, must allow a better sharing, for a better efficiency.

Based on these elements, a visit by a Seychellois delegation could be made in 2022 to Reunion In order to concretize the new regional orientations.

The Seychelles Department of Tourism is a catalyst for sustained tourism growth and development in the country. Its strategy focused Department of Tourism is committed to creating a conducive environment for the development and maintenance of an authentic, dynamic, and sustainable tourism industry that reflects the importance of tourism to the Seychelles economy and the social wellbeing of its population and that delivers a value-for-money and unique visitor experience through innovation, strategic partnerships, and coordination providing information, communication, and capacity development.

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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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