Press release

African Union Tourism Ministers hosted by Seychelles

March 12, 2014

Seychelles is to host an African Union Ministers for Tourism meeting at the Kempinski resort from the 13th to the 14th March. Ministers from Gabon and the Republic of South Africa arrived in Seychelles earlier today to attend the event.

The Minister from Gambia is also expected to arrive tomorrow early morning. Both Ministers were met on their arrival to Seychelles by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and the Principle Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne. Elsia Grandcourt, the Director for Africa at the UNWTO in Madrid was also at the airport to welcome the two Ministers of Tourism from Africa this morning.

The Principle Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne is to chair the experts meeting and preside over its technical aspect to be held on the first day.

This initiative comes at the request and open invitation to Ministers for Tourism of the AU at the initiative of Alain St.Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture of the Republic of Seychelles who will also be chairing the Minister’s Meeting on Friday.

The meeting will incorporate elements of the African Union ‘2063 Agenda’ whereby a roadmap is proposed emphasising the importance of African self-reliance, integration and solidarity so that as Africans we can sustainably exploit the continent’s vast resources for positive socio-economic change within the subsequent fifty years. Sustained tourism development is an integral part of this concept especially for a Small Island State like Seychelles, which relies heavily on the ‘resource’