Madagascar will host the elections of a new Vanilla Islands President

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has left the country and is en-route to Madagascar for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting which will also

Madagascar will host the elections of a new Vanilla Islands President

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has left the country and is en-route to Madagascar for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Ministerial Meeting which will also see the elections for the 2014 President of the Regional Organization.

The Seychelles Minister is the outgoing President of the organization having served two terms. In Madagascar he will be chairing his last meeting prior to the elections for the new President.

On the Agenda for this Ministerial Meeting will be the report of the last Ministerial Meeting in May 2013 when the elections took place to renew the mandate of Minister St.Ange. This meeting that was called by Madagascar was attended by Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and Seychelles. Only Mauritius was recorded as being absent at this meeting.

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The Vanilla Islands Ministerial meeting scheduled to take place in Madagascar will also look at the principle to enlarge the Vanilla Islands membership and the recommendation for the airport that will be tabled as a potential regional hub at the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) joint meeting with tourism and transport ministers on October 15 in the Seychelles.

The Ministerial Meeting will also be briefed on this historic UNWTO & ICAO meeting that will be taking place in the Indian Ocean region as well as the 2014 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Tourism and Travel Mart which will be held in Seychelles on September 19-21, 2014 and the 2015 UNWTO Commission For Africa (CAF) that will be also taking place in Seychelles on April 22-24, 2015 to coincide with the 2015 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria (April 24-26, 2015).

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