Guillaume Albert, the Managing Director of Creole Travel Services writes a letter to UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai saying that his company wishes to voice its strong support to Mr. St.Ange for his candidature for the post of Secretary General in the coming elections in May.
Creole Travel Services is a well established Destination Management Company of 320 employees part of an important private tourism development group (JFA Group of Companies) comprising of 2 hotels and our destination's main Ferry services.
“We remain a leading Destination Management Company in Seychelles over 35 years of existence and are proud to see Alain St.Ange, our former Seychellois Tourism Minister who has done a great deed for the sustainable development of our tourism industry, as a candidate for the seat of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation" said Guillaume Albert in his letter to Taleb Rifai.
Mr Albert continued, "As we appeal to each and every Seychellois to look at the candidacy of Alain St.Ange for the highest tourism position on the world stage, we are also happy as a leading tourism company in Seychelles to be endorsing Mr St.Ange's candidacy.
Alain St.Ange, as Minister, was the friend for the tourism. He was that facilitator we all wanted and needed. He believed in tourism and he worked hard to make it work. He spearheaded the call for regional unity through the Vanilla Island concept for the greater good of those smaller nations as he brought the private sector of Seychelles together through all meetings possible even in what was then called the lnter-Minist erial Cross Sectorial Meeting that met under the leadership of the then Vice President of the islands.
His commitment towards sustainable/green tourism brought about the Seychelles Sustainable Label and is now regarded as a plus for our island's marketing for for establishments who are eligible to be awarded the label. For Minister St.Ange did this, as he displayed his never-ending commitment towards bringing forward and together the identity/ culture of our country and that of others
We were sorry to see Alain St.Ange leave his Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation , Ports and Marine but we are sure that at the UNWTO he will be working for tourism, the industry that makes many an economy of countries work and in so doing bring peace to the world.
We are proud as a company of Seychelles to be endorsing Alain St.Ange as a candidate for the post of Secretary General for the UNWTO" said Guillaume of Creole Travel Services Seychelles.
Alain St.Ange said that he appreciated the letter of support and endorsement written by Guillaume Albert of Creole Travel Services. "The Tourism Trade of Seychelles, large or small are today part and parcel of their tourism because with them we developed a working public / private partnership that is today an example for the world. The People of Seychelles were able to claim back their industry as they were more involved in the tourism business at all level of the game and today Seychelles has a consolidated tourism industry. I continue to be humbled by the level of recognition I am receiving from the Tourism Business Community and from the People of Seychelles. The messages are a sign that they had a leader with me in the field of tourism and that they also had a friend" said Alain St.Ange
The Seychelles Candidate has already received Letters of Endorsement from President Danny Faure of the Seychelles, from Sir James Mancham, Seychelles founding President who wrote an open letter about his support for the Seychelles St.Ange bid for the United Nations just a week before he passed away, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation (Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles}, the Africa Ports Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Tanzania Society of Travel Agents (TASOTA), the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA), Fred W. Finn, the World's Most Travelled Person Guinness World Records, the Seychelles Hindu Kovil Sangam Association and India's important N.R.I. Welfare Society. Mr Alain St.Ange said that he is set to receive more endorsements in the coming days from different parts of the world and that he was thankful for this democratic approach to coming election for the seat of Secretary General for the UNWTO.