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Tourism Minister St.Ange from Seychelles keeps his islands visible and relevant as always

Tourism Minister St.Ange from Seychelles keeps his islands visible and relevant as always

Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles appeals to his tourism minister colleagues to say that security in tourism means tourism ministers are being seen to be good facilitators for their respective private sectors.

As small as they are, the mid-ocean islands of the Seychelles continue to be heard and noticed. The classic example of tenacity by the islands’ Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister now responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, was at the Ministers Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) tourism trade fair in London in the presence of Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO.

As soon as Becky Anderson of CNN opened the floor to the ministers who were not in fact on the panel, it was the Seychelles Minister who was seen making his point. To the admiration of many, he started off as always with Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, before taking time to defend the UNWTO (United Nation World Tourism Organization) on their communication strategy. He suggested that the organization could now consider to none the extra mile and be the one to write to countries imposing a travel advisory to confirm that the situation on the ground of member states are back to normal as these advisories can take ages to be removed nowadays. The Seychelles Minister was responding to an earlier attack that nothing was being done by the UN body on communication.


Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles appealed to his tourism minister colleagues to say that security in tourism means tourism ministers are being seen to be good facilitators for their respective private sectors.  “We need to defend our industry by being proactive, and today we need more than ever before to be meeting with ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] and the IMO [International Maritime Organization] to pan out together a way forward that will help consolidate our tourism industry,” the Seychelles Minister said before confirming to the gathered press outside the conference that he intends to propose holding such a tripartite meeting in Seychelles.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).


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