Seychelles Public Bus Depot and ferry boat on fire

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Seychelles last week, was subjected one of its biggest fires, that caused major disruption of traffic to and from Victoria. The fire at the Public Transport Bus Depot was contained fast enough by the island’s Fire Brigade, but many on the islands reflected on what is so often referred to as our “Duty of Care” as a Tourism Destination.

The same day of the Victoria fire, a ferry boat for a private island resort close to La Digue also caught fire and sunk just after the crew members had been rescued.

Preparedness is essential and the responsibility lies on each and every one involved in the industry. This is why news of a “Fire Drill & Basic fire fighting training” that was held but days before at the Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort of La Digue was welcomed.

Amin Thulung, the Security Manager of Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort at La Digue confirmed that on two days some 23 staffs from the resort’s different departments followed the fire drill and the basic fire fighting training. “Well I must say that feedback collected from the participants were positive. They really took the positive advantage from the training and they really enjoyed it. They have also requested to again repeat this training in the near future” said Amin Thulung.

When news broke about the two fires last week many Tour Operators contacted us through various news networks wanting re-assurance that tourists were not at all being affected. Insecurity is not a friend of the Tourism industry and the drills at Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort of La Digue is an example that needs to be done by everyone. The main target of the fire drill at the La Digue property was to update staff, new and old, on how, when and where to be and what to do during the time of an emergency, and how to rescue the injured persons. The main purpose of firefighting training was to ensure staff were updated on how to tackle a fire using the fire extinguisher and also with fire blankets. The training also centred on what kind to fire extinguisher to be used in different particular types of fire.

“We are being proactive to reduce the loss of life and loss of property and this training will help us a lot. We shall continue this kind of training” said the Security Manager at Le Domaine de L’Ogangeraie Resort of La Digue.

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Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.