H-Resort Beau Vallon Beach: Leading Green Resort

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles wins the World Travel Awards Resort 2018 title!

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The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach was awarded the title Leading Green Resort 2018 at the 25th Annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony which was held at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa on October 6, 2018. Earlier this year the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach became one of the latest hospitality establishments to join the ranks of responsible & sustainable businesses in the Seychelles when it received its ‘Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label’ certification in July.

Commenting on the occasion, Johannes Steyn, the General Manager said:- “This is the second recognition awarded to the resort for its best practices in the field of environmentally friendly and sustainable efforts. Sustainability is becoming the single most important factor that is adding value to customers and guest’s choosing a destination or hotel. With the entire world realizing the importance of going green and how wrong practices affect the environment, it is necessary that recognitions like these  driven by the international organizations like World Travel Awards give us businesses the correct pedestal and visibility in regards to our efforts”.

The 3 year old resort has made many provisions for its sustainable and environmentally friendly actions, prominent amongst its initiatives a and water conservation techniques sitting on approximately 25 acres of land, the resort boasts of up to 55% of green cover which is taken care of by an expert team of gardeners & landscapers. The natural lagoon that flows through the property is also maintained and monitored by the resort team in collaboration with local agencies. One of the only large businesses in the Seychelles to have their own food composter, the resort recycles kitchen and food waste which is then re-used for maintaining its lush gardens. The resort also has its own mini garden for spices and herbs and also grows some fruits and vegetables.

The resort was one of the first few establishments that implemented the  campaign and will soon be making an alternative yet eco-friendly option available for its guests. The resort also recycles plastic, cans and glass bottles consumed in the property and accommodation by incentivising its staff to contribute to the act.

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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.