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Seychelles: The Minister of Tourism of the archipelago, Alain Saint-Ange, advocates sustainable tourism in the heart of the Indian Ocean

The Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles, Alain Saint-Ange - Photo  Seychellois Nation newspaper
The Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles, Alain Saint-Ange - Photo Seychellois Nation newspaper
 The Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles and former president of the vanilla Islands, Alain Saint-Ange, has put forward the touristic example of Seychelles at the heart of the Indian Ocean evoking the effort, the golf course and the success of the archipelago in the field of tourism.
The Minister of Tourism, Alain Saint-Ange, thus presented on Tuesday at the Coral Strand Hotel of Beau-Vallon on Mahé Island during the opening ceremony of the regional meeting on sustainable and durable tourism the environmental policy of the archipelago in tourism matters, as reported by the Seychellois Nation newspaper.
"Durable and sustainable tourism is not a Department, but the whole of the people. I hope that this meeting will enable us to make progress in this direction", said Alain Saint-Ange.
According to the Minister of Tourism and the Culture of Seychelles, Alain Saint-Ange, small island developing States must also protect their assets to preserve a natural and vibrant tourism industry in allowing access to tourists to the nature.
 Highlighting the Seychellois example, Alain Saint-Ange has indicated that more than 50% of the territory of the archipelago of the Seychelles are under the aegis of the nature reserve and that two sites *of  Seychelles are also registered in world heritage of the UNESCO.
Several members of the international organisation of la Francophonie (OIF) and the representatives of the various tourist and cultural sectors from the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar attend the work programmed on two days.
This regional meeting is part of the preparation of the third international conference on small island developing States, and which will take place in the islands of Samoa from 1 to 4 September 2014.
* The Aldabra atoll and the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

Laurent Chinaud

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