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Saint Ange Tourism Report 10th September 2017

September 12, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Welcome to Edition #14 of 2017.

Our quote for today is another one by the the legendary Nelson Mandela as he worked to get more people to join the public life of his country.  

“No Single Person, No Body of Opinion, No Political Doctrine, No Religious Doctrine can claim a Monopoly on Truth”

Alain St.Ange

President Mandela’s quote dovetails nicely with the one on Respect we posted last week. Respecting the right to speak, to participate, to be a representative is the guiding principle of any public figure striving for real democracy for his country, for his people, and also for International Organisations. President Nelson Mandela, a great African Icon, often spoke about the fight against discrimination and the drive to install RESPECT as the driving force for a better life. President Nelson Mandela also said:-

For to be Free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to love in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others”. 

This edition of the Saint Ange Tourism Report is being issued as I make my way to Chengdu in China for the UNWTO General Assembly (11 – 16 September). Just last May the World of Tourism witnessed ‘Coup D’Etat’ style approach to have my name removed from the list of Candidates for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO. Such a personal humiliation, and such an assault on a country’s sovereignty remains a crime.

Seychelles is currently going through a process of looking how to compensate its citizens who feel their rights were abused in the past. Can the islands now open a new chapter where its regional organisation pushes the country to play second fiddle in the life of its citizens after the President of the Republic had issued a letter from the highest office of the land followed by a ‘Note Verbale’ (No 1/2017) from its Foreign Affairs Ministry to all Voting Members of the UNWTO endorsing the island’s Candidate. The United Nations must never succumb to such situations and must distance from anyone who directly or indirectly is associated from bullying tactics that removes the freedom of choice, of association and of engaged participation. The UNWTO Secretary General is not for Africa, it is for the world at large inclusive of Africa, and the African Union cannot expect to dictate to the world who will be the candidate on the ballot paper for a position that represents the world. This action was corruption, it was bullying, it was against basic human rights and it was a crime.

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