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Replanting corals : Mauritius Tourism Minister Anil Gayan leads

Replanting corals : Mauritius Tourism Minister Anil Gayan leads

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The process of replanting coral is not new and many island nations are today doing this with a lot of success, but the Mauritius example where delegates at a tourism conference were invited to be party to the program struck the right cord and everyone felt good being part of such a noble cause.

Invited delegates at the Mauritius Tourism Conference last week rallied at the Beachcomber Trou aux Biches for a coral planting expedition in the lagoon in front of the hotel itself. Fatima Chuttoo, the Executive Assistant Manager of the Hotel was on hand to welcome everyone and guided them to the assembly point to be briefed by two officials from the Coral Planting program.

Minister Anil Gayan of Mauritius lead the delegation boarding a small flotilla accompanied by Coast Guards to a prepared area for the replanting corals to be effected. A container of sea water with young coral bits was placed on board each of the boats and each delegate was invited to follow the example of Minister Gayan and attach the young coral bits to a rope. Television Screen were positioned in each of the boats so that participants could follow as divers positioned ropes of young coral over the frame on the sea bed.

Mauritius has a solid program for replanting corals and some five types of corals are being successfully planted over three main sites for now.

The conference delegates all said that they attend a number of tourism conferences and it was a first to be invited to be part of a coral planting program. This message was echoed by Minister Catherine Afeku of Ghana among many others.

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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 ofAfter 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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