Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017
According to PATWA, the benefit of a thriving tourism industry on a nation’s economy is simply the tip of an iceberg. Tourism should be a principal force for the promotion of world peace as well as building understanding and interdependence between nations.
Alain St. Ange, former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, and now one of the seven potential candidates for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO was on the panel of speakers at the PATWA (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association) Summit for World Tourism & Aviation Leaders on Peace, The Vehicle for Tourism organized on the sidelines of recently concluded ITB Berlin.
Along with other eminent speakers on the panel were Dr. Taleb Rifai, the current UNWTO Secretary-General; Hon. Walter Mzembi, Tourism Minister of Zimbabwe and also a candidate for the post of UNWTO SG and Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP). Anita Mendiratta of TASK CNN was the moderator of the summit.
Alain St. Ange asked everyone at the summit to reflect on what tourism is, for better understanding PATWA’s call for using the industry as a vehicle of peace. St. Ange asked if tourism was today the hotels or resorts, or was it the airlines of DMCs, before speaking on the fact that tourism was the destination as a whole. He said, “We need to rally through the UNWTO to have a wholesome approach to tourism that embodies culture and ensures that the people of the country is part and parcel of their tourism industry.”
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