Women in Travel Speaks to Alain St. Ange at Celebrating Her

Victoria (Seychelles) – April 12, 2017 (travelindex.com) – The Association of Women Travel Executives (AWTE) is a member organization that offers networking and professional development opportunities to support the careers of women in travel.

The AWTE’s influence stretches across six decades, after it was founded in 1954 at a time when women were beginning to make travel a viable career option. Since then, it has continued to create an environment for the sharing of ideas, debating of trends, and networking with peers, associates and other travel professionals to develop new business.

Membership is open to women whose business or career is predominantly in travel, whether they’re entrepreneurs or in a corporate role.

AWTE runs a programme of professional development seminars and workshops, events for networking and business building (to which our male colleagues are also invited!) and campaigns for improving the status of women in business and on the board.

The AWTE has its roots firmly in the UK but is now in the process of globalizing its reach and membership. With that goal in mind, it is particularly important for AWTE that the candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General is a person who understands, appreciates and supports the growing importance of women in the travel and tourism industry.

Alain St Ange, the former Minister of Tourism for the Seychelles has clearly shown his support for women, as was demonstrated during Woman’s Day 2017 at ITB in Berlin.
Following that conference many gathered on the Seychelles Stand at ITB to see Lela Krstevska formally present Alain St. Ange, the former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles with a letter of endorsement.

Lela Krstevska said in the presence on a group of women who had attended the “Celebrating Her” conference that one of the main reasons for her endorsement of Alain St. Ange is his immense experience and positive attitude, which she believes is really important in maintaining the high profile and respect that UNWTO has achieved in recent years, not only in the tourism industry but across a broader spectrum. Guided by his extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and his vision, he will pitch UNWTO to a new position that will help to unify the industry.

“The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr. St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this” said Lela Krstevska of Macedonia.

One of the main reasons for her endorsement of his Candidature is his immense experience and positive attitude, which she believes is really important in maintaining the high profile and respect that UNWTO has achieved in recent years, not only in the tourism industry but across a broader spectrum. Guided by his extraordinary dedication, enthusiasm and his vision, he will pitch UNWTO to a new position that will help to unify the industry.

The tourism industry provides rewarding and important employment opportunities for women in developed and developing countries. This helps to provide women with economic independence and empowerment and strengths their position in society. As a woman myself I am convinced that Mr. St.Ange will help the gentler sex and will drive initiatives that improve the position of women even further. I would be more than happy to assist him with this.

Mr. St.Ange’s extensive experience in tourism and hospitality and in the private sector are a great foundation for building a successful plan that identifies tourism development issues and opportunities, whilst at the same time forming long-term sustainable strategies
His political career in Seychelles have provided him with the knowledge and understanding that is crucial for the position and his passion for the industry and for people have earned him the trust of value of the tourism industry.

Mr. St.Ange achieved outstanding results for the tourism sector in the Seychelles in spite of the general downturn in the global economy. Thanks to his hard work and open-mindedness he already demonstrated the capability and capacity of establishing cooperation in Seychelles between local stakeholders and representatives of tourism associations. This is one aspect that I believe is absolutely essential, since he stands for the idea of giving a chance to the member states to establish close collaboration with UNWTO through opening representative offices of UNWTO in their regions.

Mr. St.Ange’s policies and commitment make him the ideal candidate that will provide a really meaningful contribution for substantial growth and development of the industry and will help to prioritize the implementation of important issues in the sector. He is also fearless about facing the challenges and constraints of the current political situations. He understands the real important of some of the most important issues such as safety and security, climate change, sustainable development and respects the rights of everybody being able to travel – that are important for us, are also in accordance with his convictions.

For more information, please visit www.alainstange.net/action-plan/

View the video with Alain St.Ange’s Statement of Intend as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Candidate