Published on : Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A young Seychellois warden shared with the UNWTO that tourism has helped him realize different cultures and appreciate his own even more.
Called #MyAfrica, the social media campaign by the UNWTO aims to showcase the power of tourism through personal stories of inspirational people working in the tourism sector in Africa by collating their stories, learning from them and sharing them with the world.
In his interview with the UNWTO, the senior warden on Cousin Island, Christopher Mahoune, said that he chose to work in a tourism-related field since he was always zealous about the wildlife of Seychelles.
“Locally I participated in a lot of environmental activities and it was always a pleasure to share and educate others about why it is important to protect our heritage. Growing up I felt like I needed a bigger stage and a bigger crowd to showcase the beauty that is Seychelles,” said Mahoune.
“So, I chose to work in a field related to tourism and over the past 10 years I have guided thousands of people from all over the world educating them about the importance of conservation and ecotourism,” he said.
During his everyday work on Cousin, he is caught up in the island’s ecotourism programme.
He transfers guests on and off the island, with a tour of the nature reserve while communicating with the visitors in English and French. He also ensures their safety and comfort while on the island.
Mahoune said that “working in tourism all these years has helped me gain more confidence in what I preach.”