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UNWTO Secretary-General Candidates Called to Stand-up Against Discrimination

UNWTO Secretary-General Candidates Called to Stand-up Against Discrimination

Victoria (Seychelles) – May 1, 2017 ( – International Labour Day is Workers Day and the Global Tourism Industry is proud to be associated with such a marking event. These were the words echoed by Alain St.Ange, the former Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who is today a lead candidate for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

“Tourism employs one in every six workers and the world of knows that it remains a major industry for providing employment as it grows the economies of the world. Today, as we celebrate with our workers and say thank you for another year of hard work, we also say that come tomorrow we shall continue to make our respective country’s economy better. We are will remain the industry for the future as we grow from strength to strength and as we grow in recognition” said St.Ange as he left Bangkok last night en-route to Dubai.

The former Seychelles Minister who is now candidate for SG of the UNWTO went on to say that tourism needs to continue to earn the respect that this great industry deserves. “We cannot continue to be respected if we do not rid our industry and in so doing the world of discrimination in every shape and form it continues to surface with. Discrimination is against our Human Rights and our Tourism Industry needs to fight this 365 days of the year. I want to quote the great African Icon Nelson Mandela when I speak about the fight against discrimination and the drive to install RESPECT as the driving force of our industry. President Nelson Mandela said:- ‘For to be Free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to love in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others’.  We, as an industry need to fight discrimination based on the colour of the skin, of religious beliefs, of political affiliation,  of sexual preferences such as the LGBT, of gender, of Woman’s rights, of Disability etc.and today I invite every one of the six candidates vying for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO to stand up and to commit for this fight against discrimination as I do as the Seychelles Candidate” Alain St.Ange said.

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