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Saint Ange Tourism Report Edition #19 of Volume #3 Monday 13th May 2019

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The Editorial this week highlights:- a. A lot of talk about tourism everywhere. b. 9th edition Seychelles Guidebook for the year 2019 and 2020 is out . c. Nature Conservation Groups is the voice for nature in Seychelles. d. Joseph Sinon ‘June Cultural Bash’ with most of Seychelles Top Artists . e. AFRO BEAT FESTIVAL in Seychelles. f. Seychelles at Biennale in Venice. g. Alain St.Ange to speak at the Resilience Council meeting at the 42nd World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. h. And will travel to Canada for the International Conference on Business Tourism & Exhibition. Stand alone articles this week:- 1. Improving environmental footprint – Denis Private Island in Seychelles leads the way. 2. President Danny Faure visits tourism establishments on La Digue including Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie. 3. Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa has once more teamed together with local partners to offer a new culinary experience. 4. AFRAA 178th Executive Committee meeting. 5. Newly completed drop off point of the Seychelles Domestic terminal. 6. Meet 2 of the world’s oldest tortoises in Uganda – they came from Seychelles. 7. Bird that went extinct 136,000 years ago comes ‘back from the dead’ after evolving again. 8. Seychelles intensifies its media presence in the GCC region. 9. Seychelles will toast to that! Island nation consumes most champagne in Africa per capita. 10. Seychelles Tourism Board in Reunion tap into the up market luxury brands. 11. SHEILA MARKHAMAN EXHIBITION OF NEW PAINTINGS. 12. Closing Notes.

Alain St.Ange

Welcome to this 19th edition of Vol 3 of the Saint Ange Tourism Report of 2019.
A lot of talk about tourism everywhere. The discussions must always be concentrating at trying to consolidate the industry for all those who invested in the industry or who finding a living in that key industry that is today the pillar of the Seychelles economy. Only last week the President of South Africa said that Tourism is a new gold ready to be explored and that tourism is an industry that has tremendous potential for further growth and job creation. This industry is not an activity, but remains very much an industry that is private sector driven. Seychelles needs to continue respect and to also thrust those who sit on the frontline of the industry because any downward trend affects them first, the their staff. Let us understand the private sector who also leads the island’s Tourism Board.
9th edition Seychelles Guidebook for the year 2019 and 2020 is out and this again is a private sector led venture. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate Daniella Payet and her son Laurent, the producers of this Seychelles guide for this needed working tool for the islands tourism industry.

View the e-Book
http://online.pubhtml5.com/fkte/ushp/
Nature Conservation Groups is the voice for nature in Seychelles

A lot of talk about tourism everywhere. The discussions must always be concentrating at trying to consolidate the industry for all those who invested in the industry or who finding a living in that key industry that is today the pillar of the Seychelles economy. Only last week the President of South Africa said that Tourism is a new gold ready to be explored and that tourism is an industry that has tremendous potential for further growth and job creation. This industry is not an activity, but remains very much an industry that is private sector driven. Seychelles needs to continue respect and to also thrust those who sit on the frontline of the industry because any downward trend affects them first, the their staff. Let us understand the private sector who also leads the island’s Tourism Board.

Great news this week to finally see that Preserve Seychelles has finally been registered as an NGO ready to take on those set to destroy the future of the islands by destroying nature and the natural beauty we have been blessed with. Preserve Seychelles, under the Presidency of Terry Sandapin with Julia Morin as Secretary stood firm when all was seen as a loss cause for the island of Assumption. Standing on the road Saturday after Saturday with only a small group of patriots.

The Assumption Island sitting just next door to Aldabra, the world Heritage Site had been promised to India for use as a Military Base. The fight to retain sovereignty of the Seychelles Islands ended up on the group Preserve Seychelles. The official registration of this NGO comes at the right time.

A local Seychellois hotelier sent me the following:- “I am copying you this mail because I appreciate your interest in everything terrestrial and marine. There are organisations all around the world from the Amazon to the Great Barrier Reef trying to convince politicians to save our planet instead of running after big money…”

The attached document forwarded to me speaks volume:-

Every three years, the NSW Environment Protection Authority releases a report card on the health of our wildlife, forests, rivers, ocean, air and climate. Late yesterday, it released the latest State of the Environment Report, and the results are damning.

In just three years, the number of critically endangered species has jumped 30%, approved land clearing has skyrocketed 244%, and 1025 native species are now threatened with extinction.

We know what the NSW Government needs to do to turn things around – it must end deforestation, protect koala habitat, return water to our rivers and tackle climate change – but they won’t act if we don’t push them.

As I write this email, MPs are setting priorities for this term, so it is the perfect time to tell them to take urgent action to save koalas, forests and our climate.

With a new parliament and a new team of MPs sitting on the benches, we have a fresh chance to push our leaders to act before it’s too late.

Alarm bells have been ringing loud and clear this week, here and around the world. A few days before the EPA released its report, United Nations scientists warned one million species would become extinct if we keep trashing the planet the way we have been, with catastrophic consequences for people everywhere.

Thanks to these two reports and recent opinion polling in the run up to the state and federal elections, MPs know the environment is a top priority for the community……..”.

Can Seychelles not see the need to protect what we have been blessed with and for each and every Seychellois to be seen as good custodians of what we have been blessed with. Any politician who has promised to hand over to India the Seychelles island of Assumption should be ashamed of himself.

Joseph Sinon ‘June Cultural Bash’ with most of Seychelles Top Artists

A musical extravaganza on 1st June with some of the best of the best in Seychelles featuring ION KID, REGI, MERCENARY, RUBEN, PATRICK VICTOR, JEAN MARC VOLCY, TI MARCEL, SWAGGTUNES, ANTOINETTE DODIN live with TSUNAMI BAND & ISLAND VIBRATIONS.

The musicians are feeling the pinch in Seychelles and supporting them to continue to develop our island’s music and in so doing our culture is so important. Few artists could ever dream of charging an entrance fee for his or her birthday bash, but Seychellois entertainer has been doing this for years and manages year after year to pull in a full house. This coming 1st of June the collection of artists coming together is remarkable and together they will again ensure a memorable evening.

Appreciating culture is appreciating our people, because without people we cannot have culture to appreciate.

AFRO BEAT FESTIVAL in Seychelles

Absa Group Limited, Round Table Seychelles and Seychelles Breweries Limited have confirmed the first ever Afrobeat Festival on Africa Day 25th May proudly featuring international chart-topper Fuse ODG

All proceeds from this event will go to an ‘Innovation Fund’ for community skills development projects aimed to fuel tomorrow’s innovators.

Everyone is invited to join Fuse ODG and many more local stars to celebrate our afrobeat rhythms and support the digital empowerment of Seychelles.

Seychelles at Biennale in Venice

The souvenir book at the Seychelles Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice is ready and both our artists George Camille and Daniel Dodin are proudly flying the Seychelles flag and showcasing the Seychelles culture at the highest level.

Seychellois Islanders have the ability and we have real professionals who can continue to represent their country with their heart. Too often they are overlooked and the country is stuck with the old approach that no one is or can be a prophet in his own country.

Congratulations to George Camille and Daniel Dodin. Seychelles is proud of you.

Alain St.Ange to speak at the Resilience Council meeting at the 42nd World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa

The ATA World Conference will be taking place in South Africa on July 24th as part of the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council forum. The organisers Naledi K. Khabo Executive Director Africa Tourism Association (ATA) and Duncan Horton Chief Executive Officer Jacobs Media Group have invited me in my capacity as the Head of the Saint Ange Tourism Consultancy to the 42nd World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa taking place July 22 – 26, 2019 to speak at the Resilience Council meeting on July 24, 2019. This conference, hosted by ATA and supported by the South Africa Convention Bureau, will focus on innovative business models, best practices and strategic partnerships growing the tourism sector. The Conference will bring together government leaders, international investors, industry stakeholders, and travel professionals to discuss how tourism can be utilized as a platform for resiliency, an engine for economic growth.

This year ATA has partnered with Jacobs Media Group through the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council. The Resilience Council, formerly the regional ITCMS, will operate a one-day event as part of the Conference focusing on recovery and resilience initiatives, the critical nature of crisis communications and planning for, during and after a crisis.

It is an honour for me to be so recognised and invited to speak at the Resilience Council meeting on July 24 during the 42nd World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tourism remains the peoples industry it is

And will travel to Canada for the International Conference on Business Tourism & Exhibition

After the meeting in South Africa I will be travelling to Winnipeg in Canada to deliver the Keynote address at the 3rd. International Conference on Business Tourism & Exhibition on this year’s theme:- Precision & Performance.

Seychelles has been seen as a leader in the world of tourism and the island’s successful experience is today very much sought after. I am indeed honoured to be invited to be the Keynote Speaker and to share my successes during my time as the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism.

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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