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Jacques Plana of France Info World News catches up with Seychelles Minister Alain St.Ange

Jacques Plana of France Info World News catches up with Seychelles Minister Alain St.Ange ( France Info World News made it a point to get an update on Seychelles for its listeners through a long one-to-one interview conducted by the respected Jacques Plana himself with Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.

Jacques Plana, who is today responsible for the France Info Service Monde, made time during the French International Tourism Fair of Paris last week to catch up with Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles to discuss tourism in Seychelles; the island’s position; and commitment to the French market, piracy, and the economy.

“The interview is an opportunity for me to reemphasize the position of the Seychelles Tourism Board vis-a-vis the French market. France remains our most important tourism market, and we shall be doubling our efforts to get our fair share of this market. The French travelers know the Seychelles, they know our historical ties, and they know in Seychelles the French language remains one of our three national languages. The importance we have for the French market is exactly why I am personally heading the Seychelles delegation to this 2012 French International Tourism Fair in Paris and why we have our Tourism Board’s Director for Europe based in Paris,” Minister St.Ange said at the interview.

On the question of his impression of this year’s French International Tourism Fair, Minister St.Ange said that the continued commitment for Seychelles was so evident with all the main tour operators, and many new activities are now being planned for the remainder of this year. “The level of interest for Seychelles is now very clear, and the work ahead is only to keep Seychelles visible across France,” Minister St.Ange said.

Piracy and the effects on the island’s economy were also discussed on air by the Seychelles Minister. “Piracy off the African coast is not a Seychelles problem, but one for the world. We have pirates in our jails because, as a country, we have taken a leadership role in dealing with the problem. But pirates are not in Seychelles per se, they remain present on the African Coast’s main shipping routes. The world must join together as serious members of the Community of Nations to rid the African coast shipping route of this piracy plague,” the Seychelles Minister said.

Jacques Plana is a journalist who personally knows the Seychelles and has worked for Radio Seychelles for many years in the 70s.

PHOTO: Jacques Plana of France Info and Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture


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