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Seychelles Minister of Tourism & Culture invited to participate in Inaugural Ministerial Session at the 2014 South Africa’s Indaba Tourism Trade Fair

May 13, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelAlain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism & Culture was invited to take part in the Inaugural Ministerial Session of Tourism Indaba on 9th May 2014 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre in Durban.

Designed to be a platform for key industry players and politicians to deliberate on emerging trends, challenges and opportunities facing the tourism sector in Africa, the 2014 inaugural session’s theme was ‘Africa: Open for Tourism Business’.

photoWith senior tourism players from several countries present including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal and the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, the inaugural session was opened by Mr. Marthinus Von Schalkwyk, the Minister of Tourism of South Africa. Also present was Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union.

Under the expert guidance of program director, Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela and panel moderator Ms. Tumi Makgebo, the inaugural session touched on several issues and challenges facing the successful evolution of tourism on the African continent, including lack of air access, lack of political will to resolve issues, difficulties with visas and cross-border travel and negative travel advisories, among others.

Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles made an impassioned plea for greater levels of collaboation between African nations, citing the success of such regional movements as East3Route, the Vanilla Islands and such end products as the Carnaval International de Victoria of the Seychelles which clearly illustrate how regional cooperation can be of great mutual benefit to African countries.

“It is high time for Afica to work with Africa,” he asserted.

Panel members were asked to suggest ways forward and to identify possible solutions to impasses affecting the growth of the industry as key players from the private sector and the press listened attentively.

After several hours of discussions the inaugural session was wound up by concluding remarks by Minister Von Schalkwyk and the Chairperson of the African Union followed a photo session and press interviews with key players.


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