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Saint Ange Tourism Report 18th February 2019

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The Editorial this week highlights:- a. Recognising the work of an Islander. b. French Ambassador in Seychelles creates a unique opportunity for dialogue & meeting with H.E. Ibrahim RAMADANI SOIBAHADINE, the President of Mayotte and the two Vice Presidents of Reunion, Faouzia Vitry, and Olivier RIVIERE and Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla islands. c. Make a Child Smile – Congratulations to Joe Albert of the JF Albert Group of Companies. d. Rifned Jumeau, a political icon of Seychelles is no more. d. Culture must be respected if Seychellois islanders are to be understood. e. Congratulations to Team Fins of Seychelles heading to 2019 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica. f. Congratulations to Therese Soukup – Gold Medal for Seychelles in 800m Free Style at Cana Zone IV 2019 Namibia. Stand alone articles this week:- 1. Abercrombie & Kent Group (A&K) sale sees Alain St.Ange of Seychelles congratulate Geoffrey J.W Kent and Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio of the Heritage Group . 2. North Island Shipwreck Discovery in Seychelles is an amazing dive site. 3. Cooperation in Vanilla Islands Reunion – Mayotte. 4.This couple have travelled the globe searching for the perfect wedding photo – Seychelles made the list of chosen destinations and provided them with their picture perfect setting. 5. New dates announced for Africa’s Travel Indaba. 6. Made in Seychelles “Blue Tortoise” in a specially designed gift box is now on sale. 7. Airbus to stop the production of A380 superjumbo jet . 8. Air Seychelles to operate seasonal flights to Antananarivo. 9. ‘You don’t business on your own; you do business with other people you know, like and trust!’ says Claude Bonte. 10. Connect, learn, grow at Start-Up Innovation Camp 2019! World Tourism Forum Lucerne. 11. Club Liberte and its 5 Spices Restaurant. 12. Seychelles displayed in Helsinki at the MATKA Nordic Travel Fair 2019. 13. Researchers Have Identified How Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales. 14. “ASSOMPTION ISLAND: Importance for Conservation Prepared by Dr. Jeanne A. Mortimer, Pat Matyot & Adrian Skerrett 03 March 2018 – post by Preserve Seychelles. 15. Closing Notes.

Alain St.Ange

Recognising the work of an Islander

Last week, Seychelles once again, assumed the Presidency of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. The significance of this position is often taken for granted. It is not only the honour of being the face for the Indian Ocean Islands, but the President of the Vanilla Islands is expected to be the driving force for tourism, and lead with a vision to help all the islanders of the six islands of the island group.

Islanders need help more than ever before, and it is the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands who must pan out a vision for his year in office to make the difference for everyone.

Islands often fail to recognise their own islanders, and fail to work with them to ensure they remain the backbone of their island’s economy. This principle is so needed for a healthier island life.

Faouzia Vitry
Vice President of the Regional Council 

Being appreciated for a job well done shows gratitude and sincerity. The words echoed at last weekend’s Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting by Faouzia Vitry, the Vice President of the Regional Council of Reunion Island were appreciated. Madame Vitry reminded the opening ceremony of the Ministerial Meeting that no one could talk about the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands without being reminded of my work as the former Tourism Minister of Seychelles who was not only one of the main personalities who helped create the regional organisation, but was elected its First President.

Madame Vitry, the Vice President of the Regional Council of Reunion went on to qualify that I was the only President of the Vanilla Islands who was invited to serve a second mandate as President of this Indian Ocean Islands grouping called the Vanilla Islands.

Thank you Madame Vitry. Your words of recognition were really appreciated.

President of Mayotte

French Ambassador in Seychelles creates a unique opportunity for dialogue

The French Ambassador in Seychelles, H.E. Lionel Majesté-Larrouy used the opportunity of the Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to host a reception at his residence at La Misere for the important delegations of both Reunion and Mayotte Islands

The evening provided the opportunity for those present to discuss tourism and cooperation. It was for me the opportunity to meet H.E. Ibrahim RAMADANI SOIBAHADINE, the President of Mayotte and his delegation as well as the two Vice Presidents of Reunion, Faouzia Vitry, and Olivier RIVIERE and their delegation, and Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Organisation, It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas on Indian Ocean tourism and the work of the Vanilla Islands for the benefit of the islanders of that new tourism region.

Also present was at the evening at the French Ambassador’s Residence was Michele Balourd, the Director of European Affairs and of Regional Cooperation. Madame Balourd is also a sitting elected member of the Mayotte Council.

Make a Child Smile – Congratulations to Joe Albert
of the JF Albert Group of Companies

Many programs around the world keep trying to bring a smile onto a child’s face. Joe Albert of the JF Albert Group of Companies never hides when he receives a request to help out for a just cause always saying that it is part of his corporate responsibility but also part of his duty of care for Seychelles.

A trip on his luxury fast ferry or just a simple call for assistance is personally dealt with by Joe Albert personally away from the camera lenses and from reporters. Travelling between the islands is taken for granted by many forgetting often those who are unable or just cannot pull off this luxury of travel.

Respecting the privacy of a young boy and his parents, but highlighting the work of a ‘man with a heart’ remains important because more such acts of kindness are needed to make a child smile.

DREAMS & WISHES – PROJECT 1 by Clifford Jean Mondon is commendable. “THE BEGINNING OF FULFILLING THE DREAM FOR LUKCYEST RACHEL. Thank you Mr. Joe Albert & your team & Cat Cocos for taking part in making Luckyest’s dream a reality. Luckyest dream will come true on Praslin this weekend … Thank you Cat Cocos, Pirogue Lodge, Masons Travel, Mr. Didier Etheve, Anse Kerlan Car Rental, Mr. William Rose, Cat Rose & Inter Island Ferry, Mr. Carl Mills & Fish Trap Restaurant on La Digue and Nadi Camille” says Mr Mondon.

Rifned Jumeau, a political icon of Seychelles is no more

Rifned Jumeau in his early years in Seychelles politics & later in life

This week, Seychelles lost a veteran politician who will be missed. Rifned Jumeau, the founder of the first political party in Seychelles (after an era of the Taxpayers and Land Owners Association leading the political life of the then British Colony) died on the 7th February and was buried in the presence of family and friends at his former electoral district of Mont Fleuri on the island of Mahe.

Seychelles was still a British Colony when Rifned Jumeau and Harry Payet launched in 1963 the SIUP (Seychelles Islanders United Party). Rifned Jumeau was determined to fight for workers rights in an era when the mass of the islanders did not even enjoy the right to vote, and when the British Governor was still nominating part of the Legislative Councils Members.

In 1964 Rifned Jumeau merged his political party with Albert Rene and it became the Seychelles People’s United Party (SPUP). Rifned Jumeau was elected in 1969 for the Mont Fleuri Ward for the Victoria District Council elections, before being elected in 1970 for the Victoria South Electoral District as the Member of Legislative Assembly.

Rifned Jumeau was a mobiliser and organised the longest protest march ever staged in Seychelles from Anse Aux Pins to Victoria to bring out the high cost of living in Seychelles. A gifted public speaker with a wit that attracted many to be present only to hear him speak.

Rifned Jumeau remained a man of principle and he remained a Seychellois politician who wanted to see a better Seychelles for every Seychellois. His saw Seychelles move from being a British Colony to becoming an Independent State in 1976, and lived through Seychelles under its 1st, 2nd and 3rd Republic era.

He was a politician who stands out because for him politics was not to enrich himself, but to create a better Seychelles. He personally funded his political career and created businesses to help fund the political party he was associated with.

I consider myself lucky to have known Rifned Jumeau well. He was a friend of my late father Karl St.Ange and the two never missed an opportunity to talk and reflect on Seychelles. I am reminded in the final days of my father when Rifned Jumeau came to visit him at the Seychelles Hospital and the two reminisced on the days when they worked to help free Seychelles from Colonialism. I also spend time with Rifned Jumeau when I was doing the “Seychelles What Next” Book and when with Bernard Georges we were working on the “Seychelles In Search of Democracy” Book. Rifned Jumeau proudly brought out the Crest of his SIUP political party to be photographed. He had a treasure throve of old photographs of the era leading up to the 1976 Seychelles Independence.

To his widow, to his children, to his brother Philip and the Jumeau family as a whole we say Sincere Sympathy.

Culture must be respected if Seychellois islanders are to be understood

Alain Ramanisum & Sandra Esparon as the were recording their new Mauritius – Seychelles ‘friendship song’ 

Patrick Victor at his last musical show

Joseph Sinon and the group of artists
who worked together for a special Valentine’s Day 2019

Seychellois Artists deserve to be respected if they are to be understood. These words are repeated everyday these days as these islanders try to find new opportunities for themselves and for Seychelles. When we wake up and switch on the radio or television it is Seychellois Artists who entertain us, when we go for a special evening it is their music we listen or dance to. When are driving around in our cars it is the music of these islanders we listen to as we tap our steering wheel to their beat.

Artists know what they need to let their work and professionalism flourish. Not everyone can be a performing artist and if we are serious as a country to see our cultural heritage consolidated we need to work with our artists and respect their work. They are demanding sometimes and can be temperamental, but those who create are often temperamental. They worked themselves on their music stadium in Victoria because they wanted a facility that was so needed to enable them to flourish.

Culture is beyond politics. It must be a national approach and determination to see the cultural challenges tackled for the benefit of the islands.

Last week we saw Sandra Esparon, Antoinette Dodin and Joseph Sinon working with Alain Ramanisum of Mauritius in the La Misere Recording Studio. This was encouraging to see Seychellois islanders cooperating with their Mauritian colleagues to release a ‘friendship’ song.

Patrick Victor’s musical last weekend and Joseph Sinon’s Valentine Day bash are only some examples of Seychellois Islanders determination to keep their cultural flag floating high. Seychelles depends on its tourism industry for economic survival. This is even more reason for the islands to moved together to consolidate the cultural traditions of Seychelles inclusive of its music, songs and dance, its cuisine and all that makes us the islanders we are. Placing culture of our tourism development will place our people at the very centre of our development because we cannot have culture without having people and a Seychellois Culture without having Seychellois Islanders.

We should never forget our culture, it should always be with us.

Sandra Esparon and her Seychellois Team on Stage in India as thousands look on

Sandra Esparon, went to India with a Dj Guilly and her dancers “Emergency Crew” and participated in four shows at the Mela Festival in India. This is an annual craft and traditional music fair where all countries showcase their traditional music dances and other folklore and musical instruments. So many countries participating in that event from 1st To 17th February 2019 at Faridabad Deli India.

Seychelles joined countries such as South Sudan, Thailand, Zambia, Urbekistan and many more to fly its cultural flag. The invitation for the Seychelles artists to be part of the cultural event came from CINEA through Indian High Commission in Seychelles.

Congratulations to Team Fins of Seychelles heading to 2019 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica.

Congratulations to Team Fins for their first-place finish at the 2018 Seychelles Sports Fishing Club Big Game Classic. Team Fins is now qualified for the 2019 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica. Another step forward for Seychelles when the island’s flag will be flying alongside the giants of sports fishing.  Well done!

Seychelles is known to be a destination for fishing fanatics and this niche market can be further pushed for the benefits of every company or individual who have embarked in the business of fishing charters. The participation by Teal Fins at the 2019 Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica will help to tell the world that Seychelles has it all in the world of sports fishing. Good luck and keep the flag flying.

Congratulations to Therese Soukup – Gold Medal for Seychelles in 800m Free Style at Cana Zone IV 2019 Namibia

Therese Soukup winner of Gold Medal for Seychelles

It has been confirmed that Therese Soukup is the Gold Medal winner for Seychelles in 800m Freestyle at the Cana Zone IV 2019 Namibia. This is no small achievement for an islander swimming in the big league.

Congratulations Therese. You have done us proud.

It is important to again 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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