Press Conference In Reunion Island Showcases The Sprit Of Commitment For The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands By Reunion And Seychelles
A press conference last week in Reunion at the Offices of the President of the Regional Council brought together President Didier Robert himself, Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Ambassador Lionnel Majeste Larrouy, the French Ambassador accredited to Seychelles as well as Patrick Serveaux and Arian Loupy of the IRT (Ile Reunion Tourisme), Sherin Naiken of the Seychelles Tourism Board and Pascal Viroleau of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, elected representatives of Reunion Island and Jean Claude Peche, the Honorary Consul of Seychelles based in La Reunion amongst others.
The Press Conference was set for Reunion and Seychelles tourism to be tabled and analysed as well as the benefits of the Vanilla Islands Organisation for Reunion, Seychelles and the other member islands. It was President Didier Robert who opened the press conference making a strong statement on where Reunion positions itself in the Vanilla islands and as a partner of the Seychelles in the consolidation of regional tourism. President Didier Robert who succeeded the Seychelles Minister St.Ange as President of the Vanilla Islands said that St.Ange is respected and will be remembered for his drive in spearheading the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and for being the face of this regional body when it was created.
President Didier Robert spoke about the need to revitalise the Reunion tourism and to go further that just relying on mainland France as its source market. He said he wanted to continue to work with Seychelles because it is today proven that they have a successful tourism industry.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister was next to address the press conference and he spoke passionately about the need for islands of the Indian Ocean to work together. “Seychelles is OK. Our tourism industry is working but together we can grow this tourism cake and make it bigger for all of us to get ore for our islands and for our people” Minister St.Ange said.
The Minister was followed by the French Ambassador accredited to Seychelles who supported the cooperation drive set in motion by President Didier Robert and Minister St.Ange.
When the floor was opened for journalists to table their questions the session was extended by another forty minutes with President Didier Robert and Minister St.Ange responding to queries raised from the floor.