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First historic press conference for the Vanilla Islands International Tourism Fair in London

The Vanilla Islands (Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoros, Mayotte and the Maldives) which emerged in August 2010 organized a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, international tourism fair "World Travel Market "held in London from Monday to Thursday.
The Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles, Alain St Ange, who is the head of the Vanilla Islands for a second term will stand for this historic first for the Vanilla Islands of the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the Jordanian Taleb Rifai.

"Thanks to the unity we display in the Vanilla Islands, we build a common tourist area which will allow sustainable development of our island economy," stressed Alain St. Ange ten days after the international conference of the WTO which was held at the Reunion Island in mid-September.
Forty countries and 400 delegates from around the world and had floored in Reunion for four days on the strategic future of the tourism sector at the heart of sustainable tourism in the islands.

As a reminder, five strategic thrusts have been proposed during the final declaration at the conclusion of the work of the international conference of the World Tourism Organization.
1 - The Tourism as key to sustainable development in the islands
2 - Nature and cultural heritage tourism as key strengths of the islands
3 - Strengthened partnerships for success: The example of the Vanilla Islands
4 - Connectivity islands prior to the success of tourism
5 - Reunion, host of the conference followed a tourism model based on the value of its exceptional natural and human resources recognized by UNESCO since 2010

The final declaration will also be provided as a contribution of Small Island States at Rio + 20 carried by the United Nations.

Laurent Chinaud

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