New Tourism Minister of Seychelles receives Certificate of Merit
The Department of La Reunion Island (IRT) used the ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany, to present to Alain St.Ange, the newly-appointed Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture w
The Department of La Reunion Island (IRT) used the ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin, Germany, to present to Alain St.Ange, the newly-appointed Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture with a Certificate of Merit as an “Ambassadeur Ile De La Reunion” 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 has helped La Reunion 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,” Alain St.Ange said.
He then asked the gathered journalists how many of them had visited La Reunion to which only three replied that they had. This was in the presence of Mr. Azeddine Bouali, an elected representative of La Reunion, himself a member of the La Reunion Tourism Professionals.
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 Vanilla Islands region in the Indian Ocean and both these islands have confirmed their willingness to continue to cooperate in the field of tourism promotion as they 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 will increase visibility of the region.
The presentation of the Certificate of Merit – Ambassadeur Ile de la Reunion was made to Mr. St.Ange by Mr. Azeddine Bouali in the presence of Mr. Pascal Viroleau and other officials from La Reunion tourism.
Alain St.Ange said that he was honored to have been awarded this Certificate of Merit by La Reunion. “We had agreed to work together to strengthen our region and increase its visibility as an important tourism region where diversity exists. Inviting La Reunion to be a co-host of the carnival was to help our region have a bigger carnival, but at the same time help put La Reunion in the forefront in the eyes of the press, and to get them more known in the world of tourism. They have appreciated our effort, and it pleases me. Seychelles always believes that a strong region will ensure a more consolidated tourism industry for all our Indian Ocean Islands,” Alain St.Ange said.