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Saint Ange Tourism Report Issue 1 – By Alain St.Ange of SAINT ANGE CONSULTANCY

June 20, 2017 Destination Seychelles No Comments Email Email

Alain St.Ange was the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine. He resigned from his Ministerial position in December 2016 to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO but his candidacy was abruptly pulled out of the race by the Seychelles Government only two days before the elections following demands by the African Union. The letter issued by the African Union threatened serious economic sanctions on the islands if they did not revoke their candidacy for the prestigious role of Secretary General. “A decision of the African Union that is against all basic human rights and the sovereignty of the island state,” said St.Ange who was humiliated at the peak of his tourism career following this unexpected turn of events

Vice President Vincent Meriton of Seychelles called Alain St.Ange, who was already in Madrid for the UNWTO elections with his friends and family, to inform him that Seychelles had bowed to the pressure of the African Union. It is today clear that the authenticity of the infamous letter is questionable, and steps are being taken to investigate this matter.

“Africa cannot progress with such a dictatorial attitude, and the World Institutions cannot condone such draconian actions,” Alain St.Ange said as he left Madrid empty-handed to return to Seychelles on 14th May.

Alain St.Ange receiving the infamous phone call from Vincent Meriton, the Vice President of Seychelles

Not one to be easily deterred, Alain St.Ange has now registered his own Tourism Consultancy Business offering PR and visibility to tourism organisations and destinations, as well as his vast expertise in the development of tourism.

His Saint Ange Tourism Report will be weekly and will touch the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, and global tourism matters as and when necessary.

The Report will be shared with the Business Community in Seychelles, to the tourism professionals from around the world, and it will be picked up by important news agencies which will ensure a very wide global distribution.

Welcome to Issue #1

BIRD ISLAND SEYCHELLES

Alain St.Ange pictured with Guy Savy, the owner of Bird Island

Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be on Bird Island in time to witness the breath-taking sight of millions of Sooty Terns flooding in to lay their speckled eggs, an annual spectacle few are able to behold. Bird Island is expecting some two million birds this year to land and nest on the part of the island reserved as the ‘Bird Colony’. The progressive landing of these birds in the period of June to August every year is indeed an impressive sight, and oftentimes may be a deafening experience. This is, without a doubt, something we should all endeavour to strike off our bucket lists. News from Bird Island confirm that the Sooty Terns are already laying.

Alain St.Ange witnessing the arrival of thousands of Sooty Terns

HOTEL L’ARCHIPEL OF PRASLIN IN THE SEYCHELLES

Louis D’Offay’s ‘home grown’ beachside hotel on Praslin Island has been termed the hotel of choice by new Tour Operators promoting the Seychelles. Louis D’Offay remains one of the respected hoteliers of the Seychelles, and his hotel enjoys an incredible beach front location adjacent to the popular Cote D’Or Beach.

Cuisine at L’Archipel has remained a strong point of the family run hotel and the personal attention to detail by Louis D’Offay, the owner himself, continues to pay dividends. Lucas D’Offay is today looking at day to day management of the property and Eddie D’Offay is responsible for all the Marketing and Sales.

Hotel L’Archipel has just Celebrated its 30th Anniversary. It welcomed its first guest on the 11th of April 1987. The hotel has since become a home away from home for leisure travellers and their numerous repeat guests from around the world. Since April 1987, it has maintained its status as one of the top recommended hotels on Praslin, even in the face of increased competition.

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