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Published on : Friday, November 8, 2013
Mr St.Ange was seated with Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and together they co-chaired this historic press conference on the sidelines of the WTM (World Travel Market) in London.
It was Secretary General Taleb Rifai who opened the press conference welcoming the gathered press to a special conference. “I was in the island of La Reunion recently and followed the commitment of seven islands to unite together to form and organisation now the news tourism destination known as the Vanilla Islands. Secretary General Rifai congratulated the leaders of Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles for working together to take the region’s tourism to its next level.
Secretary General Rifai said that the UNWTO fully supported the Vanilla Islands, and informed the large number of press gathered that the UNWTO would be working with the Vanilla Islands Organisation in their work to be recognised as a new tourism region.
Alain St.Ange, the President of the Vanilla Island and also the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles, said when he started his address that the seven Indian Ocean Islands were united in their commitment to make the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands a successful tourism destination with diversity never seen before in one region.
“We are united for a purpose. We have diversity that takes in Africa, India, Asia and the mis ocean island block. We are today offering to the world a new tourism destination, a destination with real diversity for the decreeing travellers and one where culture and natural beauty would be displayed side by side as key USPs. We have so many unseen before natural assets such as the Whale Route, the Aldabra Atoll, the Robinson Crusoe Island of African Banks where Man Friday would today be but a dedicated butler, etc” said the President of the Vanilla Islands.
Mr St.Ange used his address to also inform the gathered press about the appointment of Pascal Viroleau as the new CEO of the Vanilla Islands Organisation and Derek Savy as the Director for Marketing. He also spoke about the budget now made available to the region’s tourism organisation.
Mr St.Ange was speaking in the presence of respective Tourism Management Officials from the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles. The floor was then opened fro questions from the press and the exchanges proved interesting with the press showing their support for the new Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.
At the end of the press conference Mr St.Ange thanked Secretary General Taleb Rifai and the UNWTO for their support and for standing with the Vanilla Islands in this exciting journey.
Source:- Seychelles Tourism Board