Alain St. Ange’s Tourism Report Edition 23


(Posted 12th November 2017)


Alain St. Ange, a globally renowned, respected if not outright revered tourism guru, has just published his 23rd edition of his tourism report, covering topics not just from the Seychelles but also from other Indian Ocean Vanilla islands.

Enjoy the read but first see what Alan has to day about this edition and its contents:

Welcome to Edition 23 of 12th November 2017.

Today we look to the bible for guidance and this Proverb 13:3 NIV can be a relevant guide:-

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin”


Another tourism trade fair has come and gone and this time it was the WTM (World Travel Market) of London. It is expensive to be at such events, but everyone in the world of tourism knows that it remains a must. Visibility is relevance and the drive for a successful tourism industry is this. Relevant holiday destinations are seen by Tour Operators and the press fraternity. Tour Operators look and compare existing & new products, the coming seasons prices and accessibility to the destination and then plan their next year’s programs accordingly.


(The Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Maurice Lalanne-Loustau)


Wanting what is best for Seychelles is the focus of this Tourism Report and today we need to touch on the question of security and public safety. This remains a topical issue and many in the tourism industry of Seychelles are all looking at what can be done. We need to be reminded of the years 2006 to 2012 when the SHTA (Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association) set up an inclusive public safety committee under the Chairmanship of local hotelier Christopher Gill of Praslin.

That Committee’s program of action was very successful at reducing crime by 10% up to 20% in its last year of operation before it was discontinued. This is remembered as a great example of positive private / public sector partnership that showed the trade is willing and able to deal with crime when it surges. Is it time to revive such a successful initiative?

It is Budget time in Seychelles and the time is right to implore the State and local banks to look at the potential gains if local businesses were encouraged to upgrade ageing facilities, expand working ventures or innovate by looking at new support facilities. The call to have reduced interest rates is now. The time to lend and see development accelerate is now. Seychelles needs more 3 – 4 star properties to ensure the back of the planes flying here have the load factor they need. That development could be Seychellois driven. Claim back your tourism industry has been a call made by Seychelles to the Seychellois People. This has resulted in many ordinary Seychellois joining this industry that remains the pillar of the island’s economy not just as employees, but also as investors. The country owes these committed Seychellois the support to grow their business and to help them consolidate their businesses, and this is where the applicable interest rate can play its part.

Blue Economy is topical and is finally being embraced by everyone. It is good to see that a new book “A Layman’s Guide to the Blue Economy” is being prepared. For Seychelles to succeed in this drive, we shall need the people to not only embrace the call, but to also understand it. Congratulations to those behind the new book.

Finally, 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 go from strength to strength with each new Edition.

Enjoy the read,

Alain St.Ange

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