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The world has been deeply shocked by the recent tragic attacks perpetrated in Paris and Mali and Tourism Ministers the world over have been signing Condolence books at the French Embassies right across the world . On the behalf of the international tourism community, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the French people in this difficult moment as he said:-  “We are facing a global threat and this is not an attack on France, it is an attack against us all” Mr Taleb Rifai added.
Many tourism Ministers have been discussing on the need for them to meet with the press. It is today agreed in the World of Tourism that Tourism Ministers and Journalists are together custodians of the safety label of the World of Tourism and in so doing the freedom of the world. It is believed that after recent tragic attacks in Paris, Mali, Tunisia, Brussels, Thailand, Kenya among others a security meeting is indeed timely. This is a security meeting where Tourism Ministers can sit with the Press Fraternity and analyse the impact when a safety label is lost for a Tourism Destination.
In Seychelles Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture was one who personally visited the French Embassy in Victoria to sign the Condolence Book after the recent tragic attacks in Paris. The island’s President James Michel also personally went to the French Embassy in Seychelles to sign the Condolence Book as did many other dignitaries of the Seychelles.
 
Following the Paris and Mali attacks Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles met with Minister Jean-Paul Adam, the island’s Minister responsible for Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy to discuss the idea of a Security Meeting held in Seychelles. “We have a perfect Safety Label and we are geographically situated between the East and the West. We remain a leader in the world of tourism and believe that we could be the ideal venue for a Safety Meeting where Tourism Ministers and the Press Fraternity could sit together with Taleb Rifai of the UNWTO” said Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles as he was sounding his colleagues on the proposal.
 
“Of course Ministers responsible for Police would also be part of this meeting as well as Security Experts & Security Agencies, the Police, Tourism Industry representatives” the Seychelles Minister said as he was canvassing for support for his idea.
 
The world today knows that tourism is the industry that keeps economies around the globe alive. This is why it is being said that a new voice for the call for  untarnished safety labels is needed and that Taleb Rifai of the UNWTO and Tourism Ministers cannot just sit back and wait for for the world to become a better place when the tourism industry is taking knocks every time a terrorist attack takes place in tourism destination.”We cannot just watch but instead we have to join in, we have to participate to state our case and seek even closer cooperation with the press community. It is us that should be spearheading actions to make the difference” Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.





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