Alain St.Ange Presents Statement of Intent to UNWTO

Alain St.Ange Presents Statement of Intent to UNWTO

Alain St.Ange presents official election documents to Taleb Rifai in bid to become the next UNWTO Secretary General.

On the first day of Fitur in Madrid, the leading international tourism fair in Spain, Alain St.Ange—former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine—presented his official election documents to Taleb Rifai in his bid to become the next Secretary General (SG) of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

“I am honoured to submit my Statement of Intent as Candidate from the Seychelles for the post of Secretary General of the UNWTO”, said St.Ange. “This is a huge step forward for Seychelles, and the coming May elections are also very important for the UNWTO. The new SG has to be the leader of the world of tourism, and Seychelles is proposing itself as that facilitator and leader. If I am successful in the May elections, I will introduce changes at the UNWTO that will address and overcome the challenges tourism faces today and in the future.”

In his official Statement of Intent, St.Ange has proposed a revised agenda for action with clear objectives covering the areas of Safety & Security, Sustainability & Climate, and the positioning of the UNWTO as the representative for the complete world of tourism. Additionally, St.Ange has put forward a detailed seven-point plan that will enable the UNWTO to operate as a successful global organization from 2017–2020.

The election for the next Secretary General of the UNWTO is set to take place in Madrid in May this year.

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About Alain St.Ange

Few people are as passionate, accomplished and respected in their field as Alain St.Ange, United Nations World Tourism Organisation Secretary General candidate and former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine.

Since taking office in 2012, and with his prior roles as Director of Marketing and later CEO for the island’s tourism board, St.Ange has been responsible for increasing Seychelles’ visibility in the global travel and tourism industry. He is a firm believer in the promotion of culture as a central tenet of the world’s tourism growth and development.

In December 2016, Alain St.Ange resigned from his position as Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine in order to pursue his aspiration to become Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). He closed his tenure as Minister of Tourism with a 10% growth in visitors in the Seychelles in 2016.

About the United Nations World Tourism Organization

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organisation in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. 

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximise tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimising its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

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About Seychelles Tourism Board

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to the nation's capital, Victoria. It is also home to the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and the world's most breathtaking beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. With so many islands to choose from, each with an enchanting charm and character all its own, and over 65 beaches on the principal island of Mahé alone, visitors are sure to find their own piece of paradise for a little downtime in the sun and sand.

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