Mauritius and Seychelles Tourism Ministers exchange ideas


The Mauritius Minister of Tourism Anil Gayan was on a working visit in Seychelles last week and held discussions with Minister Didier Dogley, the island’s Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine.

This was the opportunity for the two Ministers holding the portfolio of tourism to exchange ideas on matters affecting the region and its tourism industry. Minister Dogley of the Seychelles will be taking over the Presidency of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands at the end of the year. This grouping that has Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte has been successful in pushing forward the Indian Ocean as a tourism region. The Presidency is on a rotational basis and Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles was the first President of the organisation, but every island of the Organisation has now held the Presidency and it is the turn of Seychelles to once again lead the Region.

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Minister Anil Gayan of Mauritius also made time to meet with the two previous Seychellois Ministers of Tourism. He sat in as a delegate at a conference where Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne was in the chair and he made time to meet with former Minister Alain St.Ange. Tourism is all about relationships and friendships and Minister Anil Gayan continues to work tourism in Mauritius with the spirit of keep close to all his friends.

Both islands followed the spirit of recognising culture as the base for its tourism industry. Culture and everything cultural brings press to the islands and ensures visibility. Seychelles has amalgamated its annual April Carnival with their October Festival Kreol and hosts a number of other cultural based events. Mauritius also has it Festival Creole and is now set to also have an annual Carnival in November. They also have a suit of other cultural activities that touches on all the historical lines of the island.

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.