19 July 2017
'Cruise Africa' is launched at PMAESA meeting in Seychelles
Saint Ange Tourism Report
9th July 2017
By Alain St.Ange of SAINT ANGE CONSULTANCY
Welcome to Edition #4 of 2017. Your feedback and words of appreciation have really been encouraging. In the coming weeks, I will take up the points raised and open up a dialogue on it all.
To the online newswires who reposted the Tourism Report, thank you very much. Friends and partners for the cause of tourism, this is what you are.
Once again in this edition we have reposted links to our first, second and third editions in the event that some of you missed them. We are also reposting links from select newswires who are dutifully reposting our publications on Linkedln, WhatsApp and Twitter.
Last week’s editorial prompted much feedback from my loyal readers. One key point that was raised by many readers was the general and pervasive loss of respect for one another in the country. This was highlighted by stories of the deplorable and reprehensible behaviour of some troubled students in public schools; teachers are being subjected to degrading treatment by some youths they are striving to educate and in whom they are trying to instil a sense of morality. It is my view that this is an issue which our Nation must address as a matter of urgency. Teachers are an important and irreplaceable pillar in society, charged with grooming and educating our young Seychellois, and must feel secure in their workplace. Similarly, fellow students must feel safe in a learning and productive environment.
Respect must start with families; bullying behaviour is learned behaviour and children will adopt the behaviours they are witnessing in the home. Respect must also be employed by those in Office; our Nation’s leaders must strive to be good role models to our susceptible youth because they dominate the media. The lack of respect across the board is threatening the basic fabric of good society.
The notion of respect encapsulates a respect of the law and the institutions that comprise our country. Many years ago, in the early 1950s, the Executive, the Judiciary, and the Country's influential landowners and taxpayers did not see eye to eye. The man of the era, namely Mr Charles Collet, the acting Attorney-General, was appointed to rewrite the Penal Code. He was unceremoniously disbarred and fled Seychelles for self-exile in France. He was in office but the institution was not being respected. However, this all occurred while we were still a British Colony. It is hoped that we as a Nation have progressed since then. Today we honour the same Mr Charles Collet, naming a building after him in the heart of Victoria, and history questions the happenings that unfolded not so long ago.
Respect for the law and for one another is integral to a good and peaceful society. One notable family on Praslin have been trying to develop a small tourism establishment on their property for many years, but were thwarted at every turn by Government. Despite a recent Court order overriding Government’s decision to deprive the family of their right to develop their land as they had intended to, they are encountering further complications; there is a prospect of a new Government ring road from Anse Lazio to Mont Plaisir, which would effectively cut through the family’s property and disrupt once again the family’s dream project. Is this respect for the family’s rights, I wonder?
Discussions pertaining to tourism and the importance of understanding this industry continue to prompt interesting comments from readers. One thought-provoking point raised was the impact that the call for fast food outlets in Seychelles would have on our tourism industry. The new proposed introduction of large fast food chains, such as McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken, have worried locals that the 'fast food phenomenon' would change Victoria for good. They will arrive with neon lights and the queues for such fast food will lead to the inevitable demise of the typical Seychellois Take-Aways and, with them, a taste of the island's culture.
Seychelles last week hosted the PMAESA (Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa) and I was honoured and privileged to be the moderator for this prestigious event.
Alain St.Ange moderating the PMAESA Conference
It was an important meeting comprising of the heads of the Ports Authorities. The term 'CRUISE AFRICA' was adopted to push forward the drive for greater economic growth in cruise tourism, the developments of ports, the Blue Economy, tourism and fisheries. The interesting call was to see land-locked countries as well as those enjoying the great lakes to join forces to see this from an economic viewpoint for Africa by Africa. Present also were delegates from the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands to push the agenda that together we can progress, and alone we risk being left behind.
Saint Ange Consultancy may soon be expanded, through possible affiliates, to cater to the demands of the tourism trade. Areas to be considered include eco-tourism, conservation, and economic consultancy. The future is certainly ripe with possibilities and we are excited to see where we can grow.
Enjoy the read,
Saint Ange Consultancy
'Home Grown' Small Hotel Chalets d'Anse Forbans leads the way
Aerial view of Chalets d'Anse Forbans
Chalets d’Anse Forbans is a remarkable, small, family-run, Creole tourism establishment located on the south-east coast of the island of Mahé, the mainland of the Seychelles. It is located on the beach of Anse Forbans and boasts 14 self-catering beach chalets with a total of 16 rooms within a well landscaped tropical garden.
This establishment celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The Chalets opened their doors to welcome guests on 20th October 1994 and have seen great success ever since, enjoying high occupancy levels.
Chalets d’Anse Forbans are not only active in the tourism field; they are also known leaders in the fight for conservation in Seychelles. They actively support their local community and local businesses. They have partnered with others within their Community and now Anse Forbans enjoys their very own Community Driven NGO to support the environmental needs for this small village in the district of Takamaka.
A commendable 90% of their employed staff are Seychellois. They have expanded over the years and recently underwent a major renovation, which has delighted faithful clients. Chalets d’Anse Forbans is very fortunate to enjoy a large clientele that return each year, some having returned annually to the charming establishment for a period of 20 years! They are pioneers in their field and have weathered global recessions throughout the past 21 years.
Their business success is well demonstrated with their past rewards such as Tripadvisor’s Certificates of Excellence in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as their excellent scoring on Booking.com.
Madame Daphne Jumeau standing with her children Jean Pierre, Brigitte and Lisa
The successful Management team consists of Ms Daphne Jumeau (Managing Director and sole owner), Mr Jean Pierre Laporte (Operations Manager), Mrs Brigitte Haworth (Office Manager) and Mrs Lisa Laporte Booyse (Marketing Manager).
Chalets d'Anse Forbans
Congratulations to this winning team for making a success of their tourism establishment. Seychelles is proud of you.
Wakanow.com formally enters the East Africa market
Carmen Nibigira of East Africa Tourism Platform
Carmen Nibigira of the East Africa Tourism Platform was happy last week as she communicated to the world that Wakanow was now in East Africa. This was after Wakanow Ltd, Africa’s leading online travel agency, had formally announced its entry into the East African travel market, a move that will bring its innovative travel services to the regional traveler.
The exclusive launch event which was attended by key regional travel trade stakeholders including airlines, hotels, travel agents and representatives of tourism bodies also witnessed the unveiling of the localized wakanow.co.ke travel portal.
Speaking during the occasion, Mr. Obinna Ekezie, the Founder and Group Managing Director of Wakanow Ltd, stated that the East African market is and has always been a vital link in the African travel industry both as a vibrant inbound and outbound source of traffic.
“The strong partnerships Wakanow has had with Kenya over the years and the growth we have witnessed from this region is an indication enough that a local presence in Kenya is vital at this moment to take care of the East Africa market”, said Mr. Ekezie.
“I am particularly delighted at the prospect of bringing our travel expertise tailored for the African traveler to East Africa. From our humble beginnings in Nigeria eight years ago, we have become the best at what we do. Karibu and let’s grow the African travel industry together”, added Mr. Ekezie.
While lauding the decision taken by Wakanow to open a regional office in Kenya, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Tourism Board, Dr. Betty Radier, underlined the need to grow tourism numbers into Africa and promote intra-Africa travel.
“This is a commendable move by Wakanow. The Pay Kidogo Kidogo service will certainly be attractive for many in the region who want to plan their vacation over time”, commented Dr. Radier.
As part of its services portfolio, Wakanow pioneered “Pay Small Small (PSS)” travel installment payment scheme which is a runaway success in its other markets.
Since its inception, Wakanow has been key in sending travelers to Kenya from Nigeria and Ghana and in 2015 they launched a booking portal called the destinationsafrica.com, totally dedicated to travel packages in and around Africa.
Besides its online presence, Wakanow has over 40 travel centers across West Africa, presence in nine African countries, Dubai, USA, UK and is looking to expand aggressively in East Africa creating jobs and being a part of the discussions to open-up the skies for easy travel across Africa.
a very wide global distribution.