Seychelles tourism minister in race for UNWTO secretary post

Published on : Saturday, April 23, 2016

UNWTO NEW logo_40Number one position in the global travel and tourism industry is at stake for everybody concerned in this race. Interestingly, most of the efforts and machinations are going on behind the scenes which can’t be seen by the ordinary folks. Media reports said that the ambition of several potential candidates are soaring to succeed the current UNWTO secretary Dr. Taleb Rifai in 2017.
Recent reports also published mentioned among others His Excellency Alain St.Ange, minister of tourism for the Republic of the Seychelles is a frontrunner as a possible candidate.
Last night at a press conference in the Seychelles capital, Victoria, the minister was asked if he were a candidate for the post of the next secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). He conceded that many countries and many individuals had approached him and expressed their confidence in him that he should be nominated as a potential successor when a new Secretary General is elected at the Beijing UNWTO General Assembly next year.
Minister St. Ange, however, made it clear that his primary duty was to his country and its tourism industry. His role is to safeguard the gains of past years and build on the foundations of success for yet even better results in the future.
“It shows we are doing something right,” he added. He mentioned the industry is going through challenging times. This development must be safeguarded.
Notably, he declined to expressly rule out a candidacy at a later time.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s tourism minister openly announced his desire to become the new UNWTO secretary General and discussed this in an interview at the recently concluded WTTC summit in Dallas, Texas. At the very last minute Zimbabwe also sent a delegation to the Seychelles to attend the carnival in that country.
As the annual Seychelles Carnival, aka Carnaval International de Victoria, is gearing up for the official opening ceremony which will be held tonight at the Stade Popiler in the presence of the nation’s President James Alix Michel.


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