The PMAESA, the important Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa based on Mombassa Kenya have come out to support Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO.
Ports are an important facet of the tourism industry and Alain St.Ange.
it is said has always been keen to work with this Port Management Association.
Ms Nozipho Mdawe, Secretary General of PMAESA said in a letter addressed to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
that they are formally endorsing Alain St.Ange as candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
“Mr. St.Ange is the former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Seychelles.
He has made enormous contributions to promotion ,development of tourism and culture in Seychelles in close cooperation with private sector.
The results today speak for themselves. After suffering a decline in cruise ship tourism since a surge in piracy off the Horn of Africa in 2009.
number of cruise passengers visiting Seychelles archipelago is set to increase in 2017 (from 6,800 in 2015 to 15,000 in 2017).
He has collaborated with the Port Management Associaton for Eastern & Southern Africa (PMAESA) during a Cruise Tourism Workshop held in Seychelles in June 2016.
The aim of the workshop was to develop strategies to improve the competitive edge and market share of the Eastern.
And Southern African cruise tourism industry within the international cruise business.
Mr St.Ange also participated in the creation of the Vanilla Islands, the grouping of the Indian Ocean Islands.
which underscores the belief of a shared prosperity and also the spirit of cooperation between Francophone and Anglophone cultures .
.in the islands of the Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar
His understanding of the tourism industry in Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Archipelago and the tie-in between cruise tourism, ports and air travel have made him a crucial partner and facilitator.
Mr. St.Ange is not only Minister for Seychelles, he was also a friend to Indian Ocean Islands region and supporter.
It is his firm belief that the social, economic and cultural development of a region is essential for the well-being of the population” said Ms Nozipho Mdawe.
Alain St.Ange on his part has written to the Ports of Africa in the Eastern and Southern Region to thank them for that letter of support which endorses his bid for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO.
“Ports and Airports, the ICAO, IATA, the ACI, the AFCAC, ASAA, AFRAA, the IMO, the PMAESA, APIOI, the Association representing Cruise Ships amongst others are all part of the supporting bodies making tourism work.
Engaging with bodies, as well as with private sector bodies such WTTC and PATA will remain high on my agenda.