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Saint Ange Tourism Report 17th September 201

September 18, 2018 Visit Africa / Seychelles No Comments Email Email

The Editorial this week highlights:- a. World Tourism Day 2018 marked by UNWTO and a Tourism Festival in Seychelles. b. 4th volcano eruption in Reunion Island in 2018. Stand alone articles this week:- 1. 1st Seychelles Tourism Festival 2018. 2. Seychelles Tourism Festival 2018 launched by Minister Didier Dogley. 3. Edouard Grosmangin is GM at Raffles Seychelles. 4.  Tourism Leaders meet again at Liberte Casino for their networking evening – “If you are not networking, you are not working”. 5. Seychelles embraces collaborative research to manage sea cucumber stocks. 6. Air Seychelles confirms Remco Althuis as CEO. 7. Reunion Volcano is erupting once again. 8. Reef Hotel of Seychelles is being sold. 9. UK leads European demand for Seychelles tourism. 10. Mauritius Tourism Figures up 8.3%. 11. Reunion Island releases key tourism data. 12. Casadani Hotel of Bel Ombre in Seychelles where ‘good food’ helped create his reputation. 13.  The first Mauritian Food Hall in a few months. 14. The ‘Blue Economy’ and its vast potential. 15. The rise of travel blogging. 16.  Near plane collision in Kenyan airspace raise alarm over safety in African skies. 17. Allan Foggitt – A man bitten by the travel bug (Part of the launch of Seychelles Tourism with TFC Tours). 18. Maldives: the first Integrated Tourist Lifestyle Destination. 19. International Newswires continue to republish our Report.

Alain St.Ange

World Tourism Day 2018 marked by UNWTO and a Tourism Festival in Seychelles

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has this year said that World Tourism Day places focus on Innovation & Digital Transformation. They said that  “The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018”.

World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27th September around the world, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.

This year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) will help to put the opportunities provided to tourism, by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.

“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

Seychelles has used World Tourism Day 2018 to launch a Tourism Festival and it should help echo the importance of tourism for the islands and for each and every Seychellois.

Taking recognition of the importance of tourism, and understanding tourism is a constant challenge. This is why a moment of reflection during the World Tourism Day Celebrations to assess the successes and the challenges is also important. Today the tourism trade are using the Club Liberte Casino for their casual evening out amongst friends and colleagues and using it as their networking venue. World Tourism Day is also the opportunity for the Government to take stock of their key players. recognising the Seychellois in the industry is an important start to ensure that the public / private sector partnership continues with new vigour. The Seychellois tourism entrepreneurs like Kathy Mason or Joe Albert, William Rose or Mary Geers, Robert Payet or Danny Loizeau, Christopher Gill or Jean Weeling or Sylvie Cardon amongst others are all partners of the country’s tourism industry and as such assets for the country. They lead the front line team n Seychelles and have the success barometer firmly in their hands. Staying connected and holding conducive dialogues with them all is a must and no longer an option.

2017 World Tourism Day 

Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne presents a Certificate of Appreciation

In 2017, during the Seychelles Tourism Board’s annual Tourism Ball organised as part of Tourism Week and in the presence of representatives from various sectors of the Seychelles tourism industry the then Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne said there is much to ponder upon as the country looks set to achieve a new record in terms of visitor arrivals and its corresponding expenditure. He noted that this is indeed testament of the hard work by all actors in the industry to ensure that the product and services are everything that they can be in this very competitive arena.

“I salute you because without your commitment we would not be talking about records and we at the Ministry and the Seychelles Tourism Board look forward to another year of working together and contributing towards the continued success of the industry,” said Minister Loustau-Lalanne. It was during that ceremony that Minister Loustau-Lalanne presented me with a certificate of recognition for the contribution made while leading this primary sector of the economy as Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and also for my continued contribution towards the betterment of this industry. At the same ceremony that the names of Sir James Mancham, the founding President of Seychelles and first Minister of Tourism, Louis D’Offay, the long time Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association, Maryse Eichler and Zita Monthy were also added to the tourism pioneers list alongside the 2017 additions namely Adrien Michel, John de Matta Mascarenhas, Richard Mancham and Raymonde Delorie.

4th volcano eruption in Reunion Island in 2018

Volcano eruption in Reunion Island

The 4th volcano eruption in 2018 in Reunion Island is once again going on since early morning. This spectacle is showing the diversity of attractions in the Vanilla Islands.

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 grow from strength to strength with each new Edition.

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