Alain St. Ange delivers keynote address at #Akwaaba in #Lagos #Nigeria


(Posted 24th September 2019)


Africa and it’s Diaspora has had a very strange relationship over the years. They need each other in a complimentary way but have not yet worked out how to relate. Tourism could be the sure way to build a sustainable relationship.

To help give this a boost the organisers of Akwaaba African Travel Market on Nigeria have decided to collaborate with US based Africa Diaspora Awards to organise a conference of Africa- Africa Diaspora Tourism Conference.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and today a much sought after speaker at tourism conferences said as he took to the podium that Africa must decide to use all its assets and key USPs to reposition Africa. To great applause right through his address St.Ange spoke from his heart to beg Africa to work with Africa so that Africa can be strong. Alain St.Ange is today regarded as one of the top tourism personalities in the eorlj of tourism. These were the words used to describe him as he was called on to the stage by no other than Ikechi Uko himself.

The conference took place on the 23rd of September 2019 is part of the 15th Akwaaba African Travel Market in Lagos.

The Executive director of Africa Diaspora Awards Kitty Pope says “I am so excited to be a part of this project and 2019 marks the 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic slave Trade. This event finally reconnect Africa and it’s Diaspora in the right way through Travel and Tourism.”

Mr Ikechi Uko the Organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market in his response said ”We organised Africa Travel 100 Women Award in 2017 and women in Tourism groups in Africa took off and in 2018 we organised the Africa Travel 100 Awards for Tour Operators and organised the first African Tour Operators Summit and this event of Africa Travel 100 global Personalities will finally bring together all the major players in Africa and the Diaspora. This collaboration with Kitty Pope and her organisation will help energise Collaborations across the seas.”

AKWAABA Travel Market has grown to become the most important African Tourism marketing platform in West Africa drawing attendance from numerous visitors from over 20 countries. This Travel Fair not only boasts a large amount of visitors but also excels in the promotion of the Exhibitors from the region’s leading Hotels, Airlines, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and similar industry Suppliers that participates in the Event.

African Diaspora Tourism is a public relations company with the website that is dedicated to promoting the cultural heritage of people of African descent living in the African Diaspora in order to promote tourism to sites, events and other phenomenon related to black cultural heritage and history.

African Diaspora Tourism is the parent company of the ADWT-Awards. As a public relations company African Diaspora Tourism has presented various events, exhibits, tours and conferences related to black cultural heritage. ADWT have also done road shows and receptions for Africa and countries of the Diaspora.

Meanwhile has Alain St. Ange the respected and popular Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine joined Hon. Najib Balala, the Minister of Tourism of Kenya and the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, the Tourism Minister of Jamaica to be recognized by the African Travel and Tourism Industry for their exemplary work and contribution to the growth of the sector in Africa, in the Diaspora and in the World.

ATQ News and Akwaaba African Travel Market have selected Former Minister St.Ange, Minister Balala and Minister Bartlett to be listed as Africa Top 100 Tourism Personalities and honoured at the First African Tourism Diaspora Conference 2019, which took place in Lagos, Nigeria from September 22 to 24, 2019.

Publisher of ATQ News, Ikechi Uko says “The award recognizes personalities of African origin, living in Africa or outside the continent, irrespective of their current citizenship or nationality who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and its Diaspora.”

Gor Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said after receiving the prestigious Africa Travel 100 Global Personalities Award that this was a tremendous honour for the work he has been doing for tourism as an industry.

I thank wholeheartedly the African Tourism Diaspora for this wonderful recognition" said St.Ange as he collected his award.

The Africa Travel 100 Awards, now in its 18th year, has recognized over the years leaders, industry practitioners and government officials who have promoted tourism and improved travel using unique platforms and new information.

It is also set up to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves as foremost and outstanding drivers in the travel and tourism industry and through their efforts and that of their organizations have impacted positively to the travel and tourism sector, stimulating and helping to achieve the country’s tourism goals and forging interactions among stakeholders.