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Hotels and Resorts in Seychelles are now in a class to themselves

Hotels and Resorts in Seychelles are now in a class to themselves

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Hotels and Resorts held the consolidation of tourism destinations and in Seychelles, the message has been clear that the best in Resort Brands are already well established. The islands have managed over the years to attract the brands they wanted, but at the same time encourage home-grown tourism companies to develop unique establishments that have now made a name for themselves.

Seychelles has most of the International Brands and they coexist with “homegrown” Seychellois brands such as the Domaine de L’Orangeraie of La Digue Island or the Denis Private Island with its 25 Villas on a 300-hectare island where nature blends is with a sustainable tourism development approach. Both these properties are successful and have become unique selling points of the Seychelles tourism industry because they are unique in their own rights. Their location, the architecture style, and the local knowledge have come together to showcase what is often seen as some of the best Seychelles has. International Brands also find their own place in this developing tourism network. Raffles of Praslin in Seychelles as an example has a location that is unrivaled with the stunning views from all its villas and its main resort structure but a stone throw from Praslin’s white sand beaches. The size of their villas are seen as a home away from home and the Raffles Brand and experience completes the experience.

A tourism destination is not and cannot be only its hotels and resorts. The country needs to be what their marketing says they are. This is why the location of tourism establishments play a big role in ensuring a holiday of a lifetime for visitors. It is accepted that a five-star resort or hotel cannot be positioned in a ghetto where people are sleeping on the roads or pavements. The country needs to solve such issues to bring about what is today seen as sustainable an approach. Raising the living standards of the inhabitants of the country, eradicating poverty, cleaning up of the country all go hand in hand with tourism and it can be the vehicle that helps make this happen.

Seychelles can be seen today as the benchmark for good and exceptional hotels. They have embarked on the eco-tourism approach and push the sustainable tourism development approach. Seychelles is the brand for its tourism and remains a brand that sits as an example for many to follow.

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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. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.
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