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Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa endorses UNWTO Secretary General Candidate

On behalf of Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Ms. Nozipho Mdawe, the  PMAESA Secretary-General sent a letter of endorsement to UNWTO.

The letter reads: This is to formally endorse Mr. Alain St. Ange as a candidate for Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Mr. St Ange is the former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Seychelles. He has made enormous contributions to the promotion and development of tourism and culture in Seychelles in close cooperation with the private sector.

The results today speak for themselves. After suffering a decline in cruise ship tourism since a surge in piracy off the Horn of Africa in 2009, the number of cruise passengers visiting the Seychelles archipelago is set to increase in 2017 (from the 6,800 in 2015 to 15,000 in 2017).

He has collaborated with the Port Management Associaton for Eastern & Southern Africa (PMAESA) during a Cruise Tourism Workshop held in Seychelles in June 2016. The aim of the workshop was to develop strategies to improve the competitive edge and market share of the Eastern and Southern African cruise tourism industry within the international cruise business.

Mr St Ange also participated in the creation of the Vanilla Islands, the grouping of the Indian Ocean Islands, which underscores the belief of a shared prosperity and also the spirit of cooperation between Francophone and Anglophone cultures in the islands of the Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte Seychelles, Mauritius, and Madagascar.

His understanding of the tourism industry in Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Archipelago and the tie-in between cruise tourism, ports, and air travel have made him a crucial partner and facilitator.

Mr. St Ange was not only the Minister for Seychelles, he was also a friend to the Indian Ocean Islands region and supporter. It is his firm belief that the social, economic and cultural development of a region is essential for the well-being of the population.

We wish him well in his future endeavors.

Warm regards,
Ms. Nozipho Mdawe PMAESA Secretary General