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Saint Ange Tourism Report 8th April 2019

April 10, 2019 Visit Africa / Seychelles No Comments Email Email

The Editorial this week highlights:- a. World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) 2019 Summit . b. Great for Seychelles with news of Air France & Air Mauritius. c. World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town this week .  Stand alone articlesthis week:- 1. World Travel Market Africa 2019 – Just a day to go . 2. Seychelles President impressed by dedication of Mason’s Travel team during Praslin visit. 3. The era of fast ferries in Seychelles never ceases to impress and the private sector leads it. 4. WTTC moves in to recognise tourism destinations with awards. 5. Seychelles represented at the first Ministerial conference on tourism and Air Transport in Africa. 6. Gleam of hope for tourism . 7. Carlos Vogeler formally of UNWTO starts leading position at Ministry of Tourism in Oman. 8. Tourism is everyone’s business – the Blind Association in Seychelles deserves to be heard . 9. Seychellois Model makes cover of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine & discovers a new young talent. 10. How safe is travel to Africa? African Tourism Board appoints SaferTourism. 11. Airbus confirms Uganda firmed up A338 order.  12. Closing Notes.

Alain St.Ange

The world of tourism has just witnessed the 2019 WTTC Summit (World Travel & Tourism Council), the largest gathering of the tourism industry’s private sector trade in the presence of so many Government Leaders including Barack Obama, the former President of the USA and Margaret Kenyatta, the first Lady of Kenya amongst so many Tourism Ministers coming from the four corners of the world. This year, it was Seville in Spain, who had the honour of hosting this tourism gathering. Mario Hardy, the CEO of PATA (Pacific & Asian Tourism Association) was also present showing unity in the private sector tourism trade. It is important to congratulate Gloria Guevara Munzo, President & CEO of WTTC and her Team for staging another a very successful Summit.

I was invited to attend as a delegate and represented for the first time, my Saint Ange Consultancy / Tourism Report. eTurboNews, a media partner with WTTC, has confirmed that a record number of delegates were in Seville for this year’s WTTC Summit listening to presentations from fellow top leaders of the largest industry in the world which included a talk with Barack Obama, the former President of the USA.

eTN reported that they reached out to about 100 of the CEO’s, delegates and ministers that attended the 2-day event last week and everyone said the networking opportunities at WTTC summits was the real value for them to attend such a high profile event. “See and to be seen is the true perk here” the delegates said. At the WTTC Summit Top travel – industry people meet with other top CEO’s in the hallways and coffee shops or hotel suites. Some delegates only attended the opening ceremony and the Obama session but were roaming to shake hands with business partners, ministers and even heads of state. Big business is done this way. It starts often with an exchange of ideas and can trickle down to billion-dollar transactions. The WTTC summit is also the place a CEO can have a cup of coffee with a fellow CEO from a competing company.

“Former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of Seychelles Alain St. Ange, who now leads his own consulting company, met with Kenya Tourism Minister Najib Balala consolidating the working cooperation between the two tourism personalities. St.Ange and Balala have been friends for a number of years and both men are seen as continent leaders in the field of tourism. Alain told eTN about his exchange with the First Lady of Kenya who delivered her speech at the WTTC summit. St.Ange said: “Minister Najib Balala of Kenya and I are expected to meet again in Nairobi shortly to discuss tourism and the development of tourism in Africa. This is a typical opportunity only such a Summit offers. WTTC is a different type of event. Change-makers meet behind the facade of top-notch presentations. Attending is a priceless opportunity” eTurboNews reported in their article on this year’s WTTC Summit in Seville.

I was honoured to have met many tourism personalities during my two days in Seville and touched base with many old friends. The Travelndex Founder Bernard Metzger, one such dear friend who made time to meet with me at WTTC Summit in Seville Spain, and together we discussed tourism and trends. He has in his portfolio Tourism & Travel Foundation, Tourismpedia (World’s Open Tourism Encyclopedia) and Top 25 Restaurants Body.

I also had an interesting meeting with Maitha Saif Majid Al-Mahrouqi, Minister of Tourism of Oman. We had already met in Seychelles when the Minister was on a fact-finding working mission when I was still in Office. A follow-up meeting is being planned to take place in Oman. The meeting with my old dear friend Gerard Lefebvre of Cleverdis, the producers of tourism trade fair daily magazines was enriching as usual as was the catch up with Geoffrey Lipman of the SUNx Program and ICTP.

The news that Air France has confirmed that it will keep the French ‘Blue, White & Red’ Flagged planes on the Seychelles route after their JOON Airline stops flying is good news for the island’s tourism industry and for the Seychelles economy. France has been a tourism source market where the tourism industry has invested heavily to ensure visibility. It remains a key tourism source market and one that Seychelles needs. This confirmation will be appreciated by the tourism trade as a whole.

Good news for Seychelles is also that Air Mauritius may finally restart their Seychelles-Mauritius route. This news was all over Social Media and welcomed by the population because it is believed that the airfares for the two odd hours flight should drop considerably with competition. A more reasonable airfare between the two Vanilla Islands of Seychelles and Mauritius will also push the demand for two island combination for the discerning travellers. Confirmation of this announcement by Air Mauritius is yet to be made, but the prospects for the travelling Seychellois to have new options for more direct onward flights to the Far East and Australia is a welcomed one.

This week the focus of the tourism industry will move to Cape Town in South Africa with the opening of World Travel Market Africa. This event will see me moderating the first session of the conference on Thursday the 11th April :
PLENARY 1 – 11:30 – 12:30
Recent Trends in Investment in Tourism in Africa. Discussions on recent trends, challenges, opportunities, priorities and funding sources related to tourism in Africa
Moderator: Alain St. Ange, Former Tourism Minister, Seychelles

Tourism as a National Growth Priority – Imad Barrakad, CEO, SMIT
Accommodation Development – Clive Shepherd, Chairman, DSA Architects
Trade in Cross Border Services – Humphrey Nwugo, Regional Chief Operating Officer
(Southern Africa), Afrieximbank
4th Industrial Revolution – Daniel Erasmus, Founder, The Digital Thinking Network

On the 11th April I will be moderating the first session at 11.30 am on “Recent Trends in Investment in Tourism in Africa” and at 3.30pm I will be addressing the launch of the African Tourism Board

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