STOWE, Vermont – Rodrigues Island forming part of the Indian Ocean islands and part of the Republic of Mauritius inaugurated its Duty Free Shop at the Airport with a view to enhance the tourist sector on the island. International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) President of the Indian Ocean Islands Chapter, Maga Ramasamy, who is also the appointed Chairman of the Duty Free Shop, unveiled the inaugural plaque together with the Chief Island Commissioner, Mr. Serge Claire, this past Saturday, June 15, 2013.
The Island Commissioner is very keen to make Rodrigues island an eco-island and to mitigate the effects of climate change. Mr. Maga Ramasamy stated during his opening speech that, the Rodrigues Duty Free Paradise concurs with the appeal of the Chief Commissioner to eliminate the use of plastic bags at the Duty Free shop and to replace them with handicraft bags made of cloth and produced on the island by local artisans, thereby also enhancing local employment.
Rodrigues island welcomes international tourists and is associated with the Vanilla Islands initiative which is led by Mr. Alan St.Ange, Minister of Tourism in Seychelles, President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization, and also a Council and founding member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP). Mr. Ramasamy is also a member of the Advisory Board of ICTP.
IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict – and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. IIPT is dedicated to mobilizing travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry,” an industry that promotes and supports the belief that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.” www.iipt.org
PHOTO: Maga Ramasamy talking with Chief Island Commissioner of Rodrigues Mr. Serge Claire in the presence of Mr. Wong So, member of IIPT Indian Ocean Islands Chapter