Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, signs the agreement.
Marrakech, Morocco – November 15, 2016 – The Seychelles minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Alain St.Ange, has signed the African Charter on Sustainable and Responsible Tourism during the UN climate change talks, COP22, in Morocco. The document aims to provide the African continent with a common framework to promote best practices in sustainable tourism.
As a country that relies on the travel industry, Seychelles has been particularly active in preserving its natural heritage. Speaking to a panel of African ministers, St.Ange has said that these efforts have been on the agenda since the country was under British rule (it became independent in 1976) as a means to safeguard the landscape that attracts visitors from all over the world.
“The challenge we have now is to work together with industry players from the whole region to ensure we are all on the same page,” he said. “Seychelles, Morocco and the Ivory Coast have played an important role in setting up this ministers’ meeting and I am happy to be a part of this historical event.”
As much as 50% of the Seychelles’ territory consists of protected National Parks and the country has gone so far as to limit the number of tourist beds per island to ensure that tourism growth does not come at the expense of the environment. Seychelles is found to have the purest air on the planet by the 2016 Environmental Performance Index and it is currently developing renewable energy sources.
During the event, St.Ange was accompanied by Seychelles’ principal secretary of Tourism, Anne Lafortune.