By Alain St.Ange of SAINT ANGE CONSULTANCY
In this issue:- The Editorial this week speaks of Assumption Island of the Seychelles and the need to keep Military Bases out of the region. It also addresses the importance of Assumption Island for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra. Quote of the week is seeking a refocus:- Winners focus on winning and the losers focus on winners. Stand Alone articles include:- 1. Oldest Denis Island resident turns 120. 2. Tourism Minister meets private sector trade on first hotel visit for 2018. 3. Sable D’Or Luxury Apartments; a local treasure . 4. East African Safari Classic Rally 2017 ends with two winners. 5. Katie Cassidy in Seychelles . 7. A new beginning for Kenya Airways. 6. Vanilla Island of Reunion increases visibility drive. 8. Avenir Holidays of Sri Lanka . 9. “Aguas Claras Charters”. 10. La Digue Island Lodge upgrades . 11. For nations like Seychelles, new coral restoration technique may boost success. 12. Brand Africa and biodiversity focus of INVESTOUR in Madrid. 13. Kenya thank you. 14. International Newswires continue to republish our report.
Welcome to Edition 3 of 2018 Monday 22th January 2018
Seychelles is considered to be a leader in the world of tourism, bolstering the pillar of its economy through the active promotion of an environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism policy. Today, thousands of Seychellois depend on tourism for their livelihood, either as investors or as employees in the industry.
Seychelles has been working hard to protect its islands. Its Aldabra Atoll is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a Nation, we are fiercely proud of our beautiful islands. In 1965, when the British Government formed the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) by detaching the islands of Farquhar, Aldabra and Desroches from Seychelles, and the Chagos Group from Mauritius, Seychellois took to the streets to demand the return of their islands and objected firmly to any military base being established in the Indian Ocean.
The People Newspaper at that time quoted F.A. Rene’s address to a mass gathering on 23rd February 1975 :
“We want our islands back, they are integrated parts of our country… We want the Indian Ocean to be a Zone of Peace”
Following our Independence in 1976, the three estranged islands were returned to Seychelles.
Today, it would appear that history is repeating itself. Seychellois are up in arms once again following the news that the island of Assumption may become a military base for India. At present, Assumption Island is the base camp for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra; without accessibility to Assumption’s airport, protection and conservation efforts on Aldabra may be hindered.
The unconfirmed plans for Assumption Island beg the question: are we making the most of our valuable and precious natural resource? With Seychelles in dire need of capitalization on its outer islands to boost its tourism, and with most Seychellois never being afforded the opportunity to visit an outer island, would it not be a reasonable and more viable alternative to erect a small tourism establishment on Assumption Island for the benefit of all, as well as maintaining its present role as the Aldabra Atoll base camp?
A couple of years ago, a carrying capacity study for the Tourism Industry was conducted and it became clear that, with its 115 islands, the archipelago of the Seychelles would need to look at further tourism growth by making use of, and developing, some of its outer islands.
It is today important for each and every Seychellois to be consulted on this subject and a referendum is today needed.
Quote for this week was forwarded by a friend who felt Seychelles needed to refocus:
“Winners focus on winning and the losers focus on winners”
It is important to again today acknowledge all who are diligently re-posting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Our Report ranges far and wide, from Australia to the Americas, from the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to Africa & Asian and Greater Europe, with your continued support, which is greatly appreciated. You are helping us to grow from strength to strength with each new Edition.
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