Chris Zweigenthal, the Chief Executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa, and Mr. Gerard Brown from the Routes organization, met with Mr. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture during the INDABA Tourism Trade Fair in Durban, South Africa. The meeting was to discuss with the Airlines Association of Southern Africa to the coming Routes Africa 2012 conference this coming July in Seychelles.
It is the first time that Routes Africa comes to East Africa and the Indian Ocean region and the Seychelles Minister has been canvassing support for the event, which is set to provide a platform for Africa to discuss the way forward in aviation on the continent where the potential to have the biggest growth in tourism movements exists.
The Seychelles Minister St.Ange said at INDABA that Seychelles wanted not a talk shop but a discussion forum for Africa to hear each other and discuss together with airline partners who have a serious and genuine interest in Africa.
Mr. Chris Zweigenthal, the Chief Executive of the Airlines Association of Southern Africa, said in a statement issued after the meeting with Minister Alain St.Ange:
âIt was a great pleasure to meet the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture at INDABA, and I enjoyed discussing our fascinating industry, as well as the opportunities which present themselves within the SADC region.
âThe Airlines Association of Southern Africa supports Routes Africa 2012 to be held in Seychelles from July 8-10