aTP- Arab tourism portal News- Hardy Lucas, the former member of the National Assembly for 7 years, and Chief Whip at that time (2002 – 2009) for the SNP has endorsed the Seychelles Candidate Alain St.Ange for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Hardy Lucas was a sitting member of the Seychelles National Assembly alongside Alain St.Ange and also a Former Board Member of the Public Service Appeals Board 2009 – 2014 following his appointment by the President after being nominated by the Leader of the Opposition.
He is presently a Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission Seychelles for a 7 year term appointed by the President with the Recommendation of the Constitutional Appointment Authority.
“I wish to endorse the candidature of Mr St.Ange as I have known him for the past 30 years and seen him as a hard worker, friend to all and enemy to none and a person who believes in what he does for the sake of his country and humanity as a global village.
Alain St.Ange has been a hotelier, member of the National Assembly, Minister and also serves on various Boards, Departments or Organisations, and all in all he has had the willingness and the urge to achieve whatever goals or target he has set for success.
Alain St.Ange is an asset, fluent in writing and speaking English, French and Creole, speaks German which make him qualified to represent various walks of society in this noble job of Secretary General of the UNWTO.
Alain St.Ange is one and only former Member of the Seychelles National Assembly who has make history in record of both questions asked to Ministers and motions tabled before the House during his two mandates as an elected representative” said Hardy Lucas before adding that though he was not involved in tourism directly but coming from a tourism based industry country he was giving his blessing to Alain St.Ange for the post of the next Secretary General of the UNWTO.
Alain St.Ange said that he was appreciative of this endorsement by a proud Seychellois wanting to see the Seychelles Flag flown high.
“The Seychelles Candidacy for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO is the beyond political divide as it so clear through the many messages received from Seychellois from all walks of life and from both sides of local .politics
The winner is Seychelles if we come out successful in the 11 May elections” said Mr St.Ange. Support for the Seychelles Candidate St.Ange continues to grow.
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, India’s important N.R.I. Welfare Society, the Creole Travel Services of Seychelles and the Association of Tourism Professionals of Mauritius (ATP), Eden Island Seychelles, Bea Broda the known Producer/Writer/Host/Speaker from the Americas who wrote: One candidate that stands out to me is Alain St.Ange, the former Minister of Tourism of Seychelles.
In the seven years that I have been familiar with his work, I have witnessed the extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and visionary brilliance that resulted in his enormous success in this role.
St.Ange took a relatively small island nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean and created a way to bring Seychelles to the forefront of global attention with the enactment of the Carnaval International de Victoria.
This international event experienced six years of success, not only bringing interest and tourism to the nation, but proudly unifying all of the people who live there towards a common goal.
In addition, St.Ange was a founder of the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean, a consortium designed to combine the strengths of the islands located in the Indian Ocean to present a strong front in a competitive market.
He has worked ceaselessly in the direction of the absolute success of those issues to which he cheerfully commits his time, and I would personally like to see someone with his considerable vision, dedication and creativity take the helm of an organization as influential to tourism as UNWTO, and Theresa St.John, the reputed Travel Writer who said “It’s not often that I have the chance to interact with someone who speaks so passionately about travel, tourism, and the people behind the ‘business of it’.
the Hon Xavier-Luc Duval, former Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius who had responsibility for Tourism.
And also a past president of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands, now Leader of the Opposition in Mauritius.
the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Gilbert Lamory.
the Vice President responsible for Development for GIHP (Groupement pour l’insertion des personnes Handicapees Physiques) of France, Johnny Rohregger.
the King of Travel and today it is Hardy Lucas, a former political colleague of the Seychelles Candidate.
Alain St.Ange says that he knows that it is the Minister of Tourism of the Countries .
with a seat on the Executive Council of the UNWTO who will be casting a vote in the May elections, but believing in Democracy.
it is important to let those who work in the industry and who have a stake in the industry to also understand that .
this election to the highest office in the World of Tourism can and will impact them as well.
“They can echo their feelings as they speak to their own Governments about their ideal choice of candidates.
This is not a small club, it is the UN Body for Tourism.
I am thankful for this democratic approach of endorsements for the coming election for the seat of Secretary General for the UNWTO by the frontline team of tourism.