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Saint Ange Tourism Report 15th October 2017

October 17, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Welcome to Edition 19 of 15th October 2017.

Our quote for today is one about actions in daily life by those who feel insecure:- 

“When you blame others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself”

Seychelles has changed and the changes continue daily. Last week, we spoke about the arrival of an Independent Workers Union. Not everyone will be pleased to see the hard working men and women of Seychelles standing behind a body ready to have them respected for the work they do. The wise words (reprinted below) of someone from the teaching profession speaks volumes;

“It is the sense of seeing workers exercising a role by themselves and for themselves. We are already having opposition for our determination, but this is a sign of being effective. If there’s opposition, it means they’re noticing change” 

A new Workers Union not affiliated to a Political Party is indeed new for Seychelles. Workers are not assembled based on a political colour, but instead, more as the backbone of the islands. They are Seychellois first and should earn the respect for their work. The Government of the day will be encouraged to hear the pleas of the working population, and the Opposition in the National Assembly will be invited to table Private Members Bills to support the aspirations, dreams and ambitions of all who are working for the continued successes of Seychelles, as they have successfully done for the OffShore  Financial Sector.

The Union will see itself standing with all who are working, and this includes the salaried employees as well as the self-employed businessmen and women of the islands. At the end of the day, everyone who is working and are therefore workers, need a politically independent body to be by their sides.

Recognise, Respect and Remunerate them for their respective efforts, equals a Responsible and productive workforce, will now guide Seychelles.

A new Commissioner of Police and a New Attorney General have been sworn in at a time when Seychelles really needs a concerted effort on Law & Order. Both Police Commissioner Labonte and Attorney General Frank Ally are known and are highly respected. We congratulate them on their appointment and wish them success in their new position.

Tourism remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy and some visiting personalities from International Organisations reiterated this line used and reused so often. But to see tourism continue to work, all the ingredients needed for this industry must be in place. The time is not appropriate at all to see further increases in operational costs, including new Taxes on Salaries for the higher paid Workers. Any extra burden will be passed on to visitors; Can Seychelles really afford the consequences of this decision? We are saying this, as we hear that some airlines are reviewing their number of flights to Seychelles because operating costs to the islands are just not realistic. The handling charges at Seychelles International Airport continues to be raised and the stubbornness of Seychelles will see, sooner or later, decisions taken that will impact on the livelihood of the thousands who work in the industry and those who have invested in the industry that is and will remain, the pillar of the Seychelles economy.

A DHL envelope was sent to us by someone who received it opened and resealed with a DHL sticker. The question arising today is, if something suspect was inserted into the envelope, who will take the responsibility in the Courts of Justice? The letter, by the person aggrieved by the opening of their envelope, and photos of the envelope, will be in our report next week. Possibility of drugs or explosive material were raised as a scary nightmare for those receiving a large DHL envelope, if the opening continues out of sight of the sender or the receiver of the envelope.

Finally, it is important to again today acknowledge all who are diligently re-posting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Our Report ranges far and wide, from Australia to the Americas, from the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to Africa & Asian and Greater Europe, with your continued support, which is greatly appreciated. You are helping us to go from strength to strength with each new Edition.

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