Vanilla “celebration” in Reunion

Reunion is a French Island in the Southern Indian Ocean and part of the Vanilla Island Group.
On Reunion and in Le Bocage in Sainte-Suzanne lends its bucolic setting to the vanilla festival for 5 days. This year, vanilla shares the poster with the sharp bourbon coffee and cocoa. Producers, artists’ associations and fairgrounds are all in a celebratory mood from 08 to 12 August.
The first magistrate of the city, Maurice Gironcel, is not proud to recall that the adventure of vanilla began in Sainte-Suzanne in 1841, when a small slave named Edmond Albius discovered the process of fertilization of this orchid, imported from Mexico, only edible orchid, considered a spice.
Reunion, each year, produces about 4 tons of black vanilla and 25 tons of green pods. They are about ten producers distributed between North and East to cultivate these vines in undergrowth, under-greenhouse or in interlayer with the cane. The production is however random said Dominique Delmas, the farmer left the lands of Sainte-Rose last March where he was in “lease à ferme”, taking with him a large part of the 3,500 feet he cultivated there since 10 years. While waiting for new land on Saint-André, he maintains for the moment his vanilla and cuttings in pots on a plot in front of his home. Dominique Delmas who produces and transforms himself about 400 kilos of pods at each harvest will be present on the stands of the Bocage.
“The festival is also an opportunity to support all those who work for the sector,” said Maurice Gironcel, and “even if the other islands of the Indian Ocean produce, Reunion is the cradle of this plant. We fight so that Edmond Albius, like Maloya, is recognized as intangible heritage of Unesco. ”
A new centre is also being renovated in Bellevue, it will be part, once completed a memory circuit. In the meantime, the scented pod recognized as one of the best vanilla in the world will be honored for 5 days
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.