Woman's Day 2017 at ITB Berlin was the occasion for the IIPT India to hold the 2nd Edition of the successful "Celebrating Her" Conference in the Palais Am Funkturm. Following the conference many gathered on the Seychelles Stand at ITB to see Lela Krstevska formally present Alain St.Ange, the former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles with a letter of endorsement for UNWTO elections.
Lela Krstevska said that one of the main reasons for her endorsement of Alain St.Ange is his immense experience and positive attitude, which she believes is really important in maintaining the high profile and respect that UNWTO has achieved in recent years, not only in the tourism industry but across a broader spectrum. Guided by his extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and his vision, he will pitch UNWTO to a new position that will help to unify the industry.
"The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this" said Lela Krstevska of Macedonia.
On her letter of endorsement Lela Krstevska of Macedonia writes:- Alain St.Ange has a rich portfolio in business that provides him with the utmost credibility for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
“The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this.
Mr St.Ange’s extensive experience in tourism and hospitality and in the private sector are a great foundation for building a successful plan that identifies tourism development issues and opportunities, whilst at the same time forming long-term sustainable strategies
His political career in Seychelles have provided him with the knowledge and understanding that is crucial for the position and his passion for the industry and for people have earned him the trust of value of the tourism industry.
Mr St.Ange achieved outstanding results for the tourism sector in the Seychelles in spite of the general downturn in the global economy. Thanks to his hard work and open-mindedness he already demonstrated the capability and capacity of establishing cooperation in Seychelles between local stakeholders and representatives of tourism associations. This is one aspect that I believe is absolutely essential, since he stands for the idea of giving a chance to the member states to establish close collaboration with UNWTO through opening representative offices of UNWTO in their regions.
Mr St.Ange’s policies and commitment make him the ideal candidate that will provide a really meaningful contribution for substantial growth and development of the industry and will help to prioritize the implementation of important issues in the sector. He is also fearless about facing the challenges and constraints of the current political situations. He understands the real important of some of the most important issues such as safety and security, climate change, sustainable development and respects the rights of everybody being able to travel - that are important for us, are also in accordance with his convictions.
On a personal note I wish Alain all the very best and the support of my country and my region. He is a very special man and it is a pleasure to know him".
Alain St.Ange who was at ITB Berlin to push the Seychelles Candidacy for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations world Tourism Organization (UNWTO) thanked the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for the letter of endorsement.
"Macedonia is part of the Balkan States which are recognised as an important tourism region. This endorsement from that part of the world means a lot as we see support coming in from tourism regions from far and wide. The coming elections of the UNWTO is one where the Community of Nations from the four corners of the World will sit together to choose their new Secretary General and Seychelles is one of the six candidates vying for the position alongside Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea and Zimbabwe" said St.Ange.