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Published on : Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture accompanied by Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board were invited to take center stage at a tourism trade breakfast meeting in Durban hosted by the MEC for KwaZulu Natal South Africa responsible for Economic Development and Tourism, Minister Michael Mabuyakhulu.
Minister Alain St.Ange, who spoke to the Press after the working breakfast meeting, said that the timing of his address in South Africa at the 2013 INDABA Tourism Trade Fair was opportune as this month of May marks the 50th Anniversary of the OAU / AU Organisation and the time is overdue to see Africa work with Africa for the benefit of Africa. Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles also spoke about the coming UNWTO’s (United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation) General Assembly set for the month of August in Zimbabwe and Zambia and about the Seychelles candidacy for a set in the UNWTO’s Executive Council.
‘I stand here before you all to say thank you to South Africa and to KwaZulu Natal for working with Seychelles. No island can be an island onto itself, and even if our mid-ocean islands are blessed with exceptional beauty, offering the best in sun, sea and sand holidays we know that we need to work beyond our own borders and with our friends if we are to succeed as a proud member of the African Organisation. Today we acknowledge publicly that our list of close friends includes South Africa’ the Seychelles Minister said.
‘I also need to say thank you to my friend Minister Michael Mabuyakhulu, the MEC for KwaZulu Natal South Africa responsible for Economic Development and Tourism. If I am addressing you at this tourism working breakfast, it is because Minister Mabuyakhulu extended an invitation for me to be here with you all. This is not only appreciated, but is also seen as a team approach for working together and to help grow tourism to Africa as a whole” Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.
The Seychelles Minister then spoke above the National Reserves of Seychelles and the island’s World Heritage Site and its unique coco-de-mer nut. This was the time he called on Minister Michael Mabuyakhulu to join him on stage to receive one of these special nuts as a token of appreciation from his Seychelles counterpart.
The unique selling points, the USPs of the Seychelles were then laid out for the gathered press and South African travel trade.