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eTurboNews : Winner of the 2015 Tourism Eminent Achiever Award in Africa announced
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Turism&Travel confirming Alain St.

Ange as "Commandeur de l'Ordre National," before placing the medal on Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles and presenting him with his Official Certificate.

Madagascar said that they were thankful for the key role being played by the Seychelles Minister in the development of tourism for the region and for increasing the visibility of the region. “Your work and your support is assisting Madagascar tourism find its rightful place. For this we are thankful, and we count on your continued personal involvement. We thank you for being in Madagascar for the International Tourism Fair to express solidarity for the island's tourism industry,” Minister Jean Max Rakotomamonjy said.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister Alain St.Ange said that he was honored and emotional to be so decorated by Madagascar. “I can only said that I remain committed to the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands concept and that I will work with the six islands of the Indian Ocean group to ensure we all see success for our respective island's tourism industry,” Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.

It must be remembered that this recognition came soon after La Reunion who had on their part used the ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany, to present the Seychelles Minister Alain St.Ange with a certificate recognizing him as an Ambassador of La Reunion for his tireless work in the promotion of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands region. The Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture then received a Certificate of Merit as an “Ambassadeur Ile De La Reunion,” not only for his tireless work in the promotion of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands but also for his contribution to showcase La Reunion through the Carnaval International de Victoria, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival.

Alain St.Ange was responsible for inviting La Reunion to be co-host alongside the Seychelles for the 2012 Carnaval International de Victoria and this had helped La Reunion to be more visible in front of a large bank of press coming from the four corners of the world. At the press briefing at the Kempinski Resort, the day before the official opening of the Carnival International de Victoria, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival, after promotional video clips of Seychelles and La Reunion were shown to the seventy plus press gathered, Alain St.Ange spoke about La Reunion as the Indian Ocean island that offered “Swiss like” mountains and a gentle passive volcano. “Seychelles and La Reunion complement each other as ideal twin-center holiday options,” Minister Alain St.Ange had said.

It must be remembered that President Didier Robert, the President of La Region La Reunion, personally led his island's 100-plus delegation to the carnival in Seychelles. He was accompanied by Pascal Viroleau, the Head of the IRT (Ile de La Reunion Tourisme).

Both Seychelles and La Reunion form part of the six islands of the Vanilla Islands region in the Indian Ocean, and both these islands at that time reconfirmed their willingness to continue to cooperate in the field of tourism promotion as they agreed to continue to seek to convince the other islands of that block to also embrace the Carnaval International de Victoria, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival, as the event that can increase visibility of the region.

Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, and Comoros all form part of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands group. The Islands have undertaken joint marketing initiatives to increase their regions visibility. Last year, that Vanilla Islands group organized an airline meeting in Mauritius to discuss with all airlines serving the islands of the Indian Ocean on the way forward. Since that Mauritius meeting, much has changed in the world of aviation and in the individual situation of all the airlines (Air Seychelles, Air Mauritius, Air Austral, and Air Austral) of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has also been conferred the high recognition of Commander of the Order of Moheli of the Comoros.

Minister St.Ange was recognized for his work done for the Indian Ocean Islands through the Vanilla Islands Regional Organization. He was the first President of the Vanilla Islands and served two consecutive mandates as the Regional Organization's President.

It was at a private function that Jean Claude Pech delivered the recognition of Commander of the Order of Moheli of the Comoros Award to Minister Alain St.Ange.

This prestigious Order of Moheli Award that was created by Djombe Fatima in 1862 is a symbol of the Indian Oceanie Group International which recognizes courage and devotion which will now seal strong links of friendship between Moheli in the Comoros and the Seychelles.

Minister St.Ange said that he was honored to have received this award by the Comoros. "I believe in regional cooperation, and I worked hard to unite our islands under the Vanilla Islands Organization. As a region, we are a strong tourism destination with diversity that can only be the envy of other tourism regions. I thank the Comoros for this recognition," said Minister Alain St.Ange.

The Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who was in India as the Chief Guest at the 34th International Congress of the NRIs, was also honored with the highest recognition of "Global Achievers Award" for Outstanding Contributions and Services in Strengthening Indo-Seychelles relations. Minister St.Ange was to deliver a keynote address at this year's International Congress.

When he received his trophy and certificate, Minister Alain St.Ange said that he was proud to see the small mid-ocean islands of the Seychelles being recognized by India for the work being done to forge closer relationships between one of the most populous nations and Seychelles with its 90,000 population.

The ceremony took place in the General Assembly of the Congress which was full of members coming from the four corners of the world.

Air Seychelles had started direct non-stop flights between Mumbai and Seychelles only months before this important gathering in India, and this presence at the 34th International Congress by the island's Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture will go a long way in increasing the visibility of Seychelles in India as the event is being well covered by the national media of India.

Now it is the 2015 Tourism Eminent Achiever Award in Africa that went to Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture as a sign of appreciation for his work seen as a silent revolution to reposition Seychelles Tourism. The Minister was awarded this latest recognition at the Travellinks' annual anniversary award ceremony held in Ibadan, Nigeria. Travellinks Media organises the awards to recognise the efforts of personalities in Africa who work towards the promotion and development of tourism on the continent and in the whole as a whole. Minister St Ange, whose award was the highest given out at the ceremony, was absent for the event, but was represented by the Seychelles Tourism Board's manager for South Africa, Lena Hoareau. Travellinks had said upon Minister St Ange's nomination for the award, that his efforts in “rebuilding the Seychelles Tourism and laying down a structure and mechanism that would enhance tourism to contribute to socio-economic and well-being of the country” has been impressive and commendable. “You have, through sheer determination and sincerity of purpose, embarked on a silent revolution to reposition Seychelles tourism, by developing its infrastructures and laying an enduring foundation for the sector to flourish. The giant strides of your able leadership, is agreat testimonial to the strength of your character as a good visionary leader, a team leader and a quintessential manager of men and resources,” Travellinks had added.

Upon addressing the guests on Thursday on the Minister's behalf, Mrs Lena Hoareau thanked Travellinks for recognising what Seychelles is doing to bring its own contribution towards the development and expansion of tourism in Africa.

“Seychelles may be small but we are today regarded as a role model in Africa. We have many success stories to share in tourism and we believe that by working collectively, we can learn from each other and help grow this industry in Africa and beyond,” she said. “Minister St.Ange has a strong belief and one that will take Africa further. He believes that if Africa is to succeed, Africa needs to work with Africa. His messagetoday is that Seychelles is ready, willing and prepared to work and help advance tourism in Africa,” Mrs Hoareau said on behalf of Minister St Ange. The award was presented to Mrs Hoareau by the Publisher of Travellinks Media, Mr Gbenga Oluboye who said that Minister Alain St.Ange was a role model for the continent as a whole.

In his note of thanks read by Mrs Hoareau, Minister St.Ange said he was very humbled by winning this prestigious award.

“I can reassure you all today of my determination to work for Seychelles and our great continent. We all know that Africa needs to work even more with Africa if Africa is to become stronger than it is today. You have my commitment that I will work for tourism for our continent and the world, with as much determination that I work for tourism in Seychelles,” said his message read on behalf of Minister Alain St.Ange. Speaking from Seychelles yesterday, Minister said Ange said he felt honoured that his work was being recognised beyond the shores of Seychelles and it is an achievement that he would like to share and dedicate to Seychelles and its people.

Minister Alain St.Ange and his latest Award received from Mr Gbenga Oluboye, the Publisher of Travel Nov 29, 2015
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Luni, 30 Noiembrie 2015 - 04:15 AM
 

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