Routes Africa 2012-Seychelles’ diversity fitting backdrop to aviation event


Minister St Ange addressing guests and delegates at the reception

The Minister for Tourism and Transport Alain St Ange said this on Sunday night when addressing a crowd at a reception for the Routes Africa 2012 air transport networking conference.

Held at the Kempinski resort, the event is the 7th edition of the biggest air transport network forum.

The event has been organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority in partnership with Routes team in the United Kingdom. It has brought together delegates from airlines, tourism boards, and aviation associations from across Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

Present at the reception were Vice-President Danny Faure, secretary of state Barry Faure, chief justice Fredrick Egonda-Ntende, President of the Court of Appeal Francis Macgregor, cabinet ministers, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, members of the National Assembly and other high-ranking government officials.

Also present were the President of La Reunion region, Didier Robert and the Minister for Tourism in South Africa Marthinus Van Schalkuyk.

Speaking at Sunday’s reception, Minister St Ange said the event has generated so much international interest that Routes Africa 2012 is now the most subscribed Routes Africa conference on record.

“We need increased diversity in aviation routes, because these are the arteries that feed the body of our individual and the body of our collective tourism industries – the industry upon which our prosperity depends on today and upon which our prosperity will continue to depend on for years to come,” he said.

“It is events such as Routes Africa that allows us all to see the bigger picture and to see the wealth of opportunity that lies in the strengthening of existing bonds, as well as in the formation of new bonds.”

 The Vice-President of Routes Africa David Stroud said the purpose of their business routes is to facilitate the physical linking of the world.

“Through the building of our service networks, we shall see the benefits of improved trade, tourism and the connecting of communities,” he said.

“We truly hope that our family of Routes events, operating globally for the past 18 years, have played a part in the ambition of the bringing together of airlines, airports and key industry stakeholders. Nowhere is this ambition more important than here in Africa, where improved air connectivity is a necessity.”

In the two-day conference, key industry issues were discussed such as liberalisation, as well as to explore opportunities for new air route development.