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Saint Ange Tourism Report 14th January 2019

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The Editorial this week highlights:- a. Importance of safety & security. b. Two big tourism industry topics are dominating the Seychelles tourism circle. c. Africa is home to only one fully fledged democracy. d. Exclusive – Air France : Joon, is finished ! – The company created in 2017 will be integrated into Air France. e. Reopening of the supreme Court in Seychelles. f. 35th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Commission (COI). g. Remembering Lucy Hickerson-Luc, a vibrant American artist and singer, who made Seychelles her home. h. Happy Birthday to my Daughter Michelle St.Ange-Ebrahim. Stand alone articles this week:- 1. Mason’s Travel Seychelles says staff makes the company so unique and kept them growing since 1972. 2. Team Creole’s upcoming visit to Galatea – Diving Cruises Seychelles. 3. Mary Geers: A Seychelles Home Grown Success Story. 4. Seychelles’ Supreme Court reopens under the theme “Without Fear or Favour”. 5. UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Vanilla Islands. 6. Booking.Com recognises a number of Seychellois Tourism Establishments. 7. Ocean colour and island textures inspire jewellery from Seychelles. 8. Dimitri Payet of Reunion: China on the lookout. 9. Lilly Ajarova takes over as new CEO at Uganda Tourism Board. 10. Translocation of some of Seychelles’ (and the world’s) rarest birds to Denis Private Island. 11. Three Seychellois women recognized for contributions in the island nation’s development. 12. Elephant Plains – Uganda. 13. Kenya Tourism Board’s ‘aggressive marketing’ sees windfall . 14. Travel on Trial:- exploring the ocean floor on a submarine adventure in the Maldives. 15. Mauritius Tourism appoints Aviareps as Saudi representative. 16. Africa is home to only one fully fledged democracy. 17. The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index 2018. 18. Lucy Hickerson-Luc, a vibrant American artist and singer, who made Seychelles her home is no more. 19. Closing Notes.

Alain St.Ange

Welcome to the second edition of our Volume 3 series. We have spoken about the need for Seychelles to save its safety and security label and this is becoming more pressing a mission for the Government. Only last night members of the Seychelles private sector trade called in to inform us that a newly arrived Swiss visitor who is in Seychelles to celebrate his 50th Birthday was robbed in his Beau Vallon accommodation establishment, and that his rented car taken by thieves. This does not augur well for the tourism industry. Talking is easy, but safeguarding the industry the country so depends on is a mission the Government must lead by making it the biggest PPP exercise ever.
Two big tourism industry topics are dominating the Seychelles tourism circle. The first, is the proposed amendments to the Accommodation Policy, and the second, is the news that President Danny Faure will shortly be announcing the yield (or the increase of foreign exchange earnings) by Seychelles, from tourism.

Proposed Amendments to the Accommodation Policy document are doing their rounds. Commencing with “Following consultations with the Seychelles Planning Authority and the Seychelles Investment Board, the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine presented proposed amendments to the Accommodation Policy to Cabinet”. The document touches on Bed Capacity for inner islands where new hotels will soon be limited to 24 rooms only, until a carrying capacity and land use plan study is adopted. The policy does not apply to outer islands and reclaimed islands.

Initial observations show a lack of consultation with the front line team of the islands, the private sector trade. The “One Seychelles – Two Tourism policies” approach with Outer Islands and the new reclaimed islands as one group, and the Inner Islands, where ordinary Seychellois have for a long time been investing, as a second group.

Other points of contention raised, include where a manager on site will need his own separate access, and five star hotels and resorts five will now be joined by four star establishments and have chauffeur driven vehicles; kicking the “Vertical Integration Policy” being mooted by the same Ministry in the teeth and opening a war in the different sections of the trade, where every sector will be involved in not their trade or expertise, but in other line of work.
President Faure’s breaking news will be the influx of foreign exchange by the tourism industry. The increase of foreign exchange will be news and this is based on money that has entered the local banking system. The question is where is the money because it has done little to alleviate the often shortfall in foreign currency needs and it has not translated in any readjustment of the exchange value of the Seychelles Rupees versus the US Dollar. Seychelles knows that the tourism industry needs to work and that it needs to be consolidated for the long term. This is not just an occupation by so many, it is an industry that requires attention, commitment and political will. It requires an intense working PPP . Tourism remains a people’s industry and no one can try to lead it alone. People must rally to guide his industry forward.

Africa is home to only one fully fledged democracy

The news that the African continent is home to only one fully fledged democracy shocked everyone. Mauritius, according to a recently released index from the Economist Intelligence Unit is the only country out of the 54 African States to have a fully fledged democracy.. The list, which takes into account things like electoral procedures, civil liberties, and political participation, classified seven African countries as “flawed democracies,” 13 as “hybrid regimes,” and 23 as authoritarian regimes.

This must be a shock to many and indeed food for thought.

Exclusive – Air France : Joon, is finished !

The company created in 2017 will be integrated into Air France

TourMag in France has announced that Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, has made his decision:- Joon, Air France’s “millenial” little sister, will see its operations integrated within the parent company, and this just one year after his creation. The rumour swelled in recent months, but it is now official. Joon, the Air France Group company launched in December 2017, will see this brand disappear and its operations and staff integrated into Air France. According to what has been confirmed by several sources from the workers union and by the management, the news would have been announced to employees of the company on Thursday, January 10, 2019 in the middle of the day.

All Joon flights currently sold or for sale will be guaranteed by Joon until the project is finalized and then taken over by Air France. An official communique on the matter will be issued soon.

As we announced in October 2018, Benjamin Smith, the Canadian boss of the Air France-KLM group, did not understand the principle of the young company and was considering a strategy to simplify the brands of the French air group. Dutch. Although the company is already profitable after a year of activities, the hybrid positioning of Joon, midway between a low-cost and a regular company, did not convince the airline’s CEO.

This time is now for destinations such as Seychelles that is linked by non-stop flights to Paris to be working with Air France to ensure the French steps in and continues the service.

Reopening of the supreme Court in Seychelles

Seychelles’ first female Chief Justice, Mathilda Twomey inspects a police guard of honour that included women officers at this week’s annual reopening of the Seychelles Supreme Court. She announced this year’s theme to be delivering justice ‘Without Fear or Favour’.

This annual event continues to attract attention by Seychellois and tourists alike as the Judiciary Parade in the centre of Victoria with Marching Band brings the Capital of Seychelles to a halt.
35th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Commission (COI)

It was 35 years ago … On January 10, 1984, the Indian Ocean Commission was institutionalized through the General Agreement of Cooperation known as the Victoria Agreement. As we say Happy Birthday to the Indian Ocean Commission we trace back a bit on its creation.

The Indian Ocean Commission (Commission de l’Océan Indien, COI) is an intergovernmental organization that was created in 1982 at Port Louis, Mauritius and institutionalized in 1984 by the Victoria Agreement in Seychelles. The COI is composed of five African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion (an overseas region of France), and Seychelles. Notwithstanding their different characteristics (Reunion as a French overseas region; Mauritius and Seychelles as Middle-Income Countries whereas Comoros and Madagascar are amongst the Least-Developed Countries), the five islands share geographic proximity, historical and demographic relationships, natural resources and common development issues.

COI’s principal mission is to strengthen the ties of friendship between the countries and to be a platform of solidarity for the entire population of the African Indian Ocean region. COI’s mission also includes development, through projects related to sustainability for the region, aimed at protecting the region, improving the living conditions of the populations and preserving the various natural resources that the countries depend on. Being an organisation regrouping only island states, the COI has usually championed the cause of small island states in regional and international fora.

Remembering Lucy Hickerson-Luc, a vibrant American artist and singer, who made Seychelles her home

Lucy Hickerson-Luc, the respected American artist and opera singer who made Seychelles home, was laid to rest last Saturday in her beloved district of Baie Lazare. Lucy, 77, arrived in Seychelles in 1986. She was from Odessa, Texas, United States of America and will be remembered as a vibrant and talented artist who was devoted to and loved civil society. She was an art teacher at the Baie Lazare primary school. For four years she shared her love of the arts and skills in painting, ceramics, sculpting, paper and glass making with the children and in October 1991, she created a not for profit organization, APANA – Atelye pour Aprann Nouvo Artizana – whose motto was creative development needs its own space. Through the organization, the art lover was spreading the message – art is noncompetitive but teaches and inspires individual achievement and self-esteem. In establishing APANA, Lucy has enabled men and women to be able to work and earn a living through art by making artefacts. These were made mostly from recycle materials such items made from glass and paper. APANA had its own workshop to transform glass bottles into different art objects which was later sold.

A sad loss for the islands.

It is important to again 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 grow from strength to strength with each new Edition.

In ending let me say Happy Birthday to my Daughter Michelle St.Ange-Ebrahim. We love you. Last year you made us proud when you were admitted to the Seychelles Bar as a Lawyer and when in December you brought baby Adam to the family. Thank you Mimi and Happy Birthday.

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