Archive for March 11th, 2017

St. Ange meets with Najib Balala and Maurice Loustau-Lalanne in Berlin


(Posted 11th March 2017)

Following an appearance of outgoing Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai at the Seychelles stand at the just ended ITB in Berlin, where he praised the acumen and abilities of Alain St. Ange, did the tourism ministers of both Kenya and Seychelles, Najib Balala and Maurice Loustau-Lalanne have further discussions with the immediate former Minister for Civil Aviation, Tourism, Ports and Marine Alain St.Ange.
Said St. Ange to this correspondent:
The two destinations are well connected by Kenya Airways. The friendly ties between Seychelles and Kenya date way back. Historically many Seychellois travelled to Mombasa and Nairobi for work when the islands were still a British Colony and to date many Kenyan of Seychellois origin still like and work on Kenya.
Tourism in Europe needs to be defended. European Countries are tourism destinations in their own rights as they are at the same time tourism source markets for the world. The new SG of the UNWTO will need to be the facilitator for each and every tourism minister to help safeguard safety labels and in so doing protect tourism and air travel. This we can deliver by involving Ministers of Internal Affairs, Transport, the Press, ICAO, IATA and Airport Authorities. This will be a mission for me if I take over from Taleb Rifai

St.Ange is well known in the world of tourism. He comes from the private sector before being appointed to lead the island’s Tourism Board as its CEO and later appointed Minister. His long private sector experience keeps him in touch with the tourism industry at large which is the main reason for the swelling number of endorsements he is accumulating since he threw his name as a candidate for SG of the UNWTO.
St.Ange also remains a staunch and outspoken defender of Women Rights, LGBT Groups, People with Disabilities, Children Rights. He keeps stressing that respect of people immaterial of colour, creed, religion, politics and sexual preferences must and will be on his agenda at the UNWTO if he makes it at May elections.

Chris Diaz becomes the first African to be nominated for a ‘Markie Award’


(Posted 11th March 2017)

In November last year did Chris Diaz, the outgoing Director of Marketing for Kenya Airways, put his country on the map when he made it into the top 100 global marketeers, aka the Hall of Fame of Marketing.
Now has Chris made it to the shortlist, for the first time ever that an African marketer has been so honoured, of the ‘Markie Awards‘ which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in April this year.

See the announcement as it was made on the following Vimeo clip via

Chris has served as Kenya Airways’ Director of Marketing for almost five years at a time when the airline flew into heavy financial turbulence and yet did he and his team make sure that the ‘Pride of Africa‘ consistently punched above their actual weight through ingenious marketing campaigns and by keeping the airline visible on social media platforms.
Below is the category in which Chris Diaz has been nominated:

Modern Marketing Leader of the Year

  • BT – Nicola Jones
  • Juniper – Mike Marcellin
  • Kenya Airways – Chris Diaz
  • L&TInfotech – Peeyush Dubey
  • O2 – Paul Stevenson

Win or not win, Chris, simply by being nominated as Africa’s first marketer finalist in this prestigious award ceremony, has become a winner already and in his future assignment – details will be shared here in a few days – this will stand his country Kenya and himself of course very good.

Cycling East Africa to promote harmony between the partner states


(Posted 11th March 2017)

The 2017 4.200 km 45 day Tour D’ EAC cycling expedition is this year themed: ‘Unlocking East Africa’s Trade and Tourism potential through an effective and efficient Integration Process‘.
It is aimed at telling the world that there is a region somewhere in the Eastern part of Africa called the East African Community or in short EAC, where free movement of goods and people is supposed to be the order of the day, given the vision of the founding fathers of EAC One and EAC Two.
Riding through the region is also supposed to showcase how safe it is to cycle the region and the promoters of the tour have gone a step further even, saying East Africa is the safest region in Africa.

The tour will start in Uganda and then make its way through Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda back to Uganda with the final line being crossed outside the South Sudanese Embassy in Kampala.
South Sudan is not part of the routing, a sharp reminder that the country’s security situation does not permit such a peaceful exercise, but also a reminder that South Sudan is clearly not ready to be a fully integrated member of the EAC as long as security hasn’t been fully restored and legislation, regulations, policies, financial and monetary approaches and equally important immigration measures have been harmonized.
Many derogatory comments have been seen on social media when Uganda and Kenya in particular took exception on the recently introduced new residence and work permit fees under which for instance a Kenyan or Ugandan bank is supposed to pay 10.000 US Dollars per year for each of their managerial staff.
Perhaps this tour, as it makes its way across the core of the East African Community, may serve as a showcase of what membership in this five country group is all about and that those aspiring to be part of it need to live up to set standards and show through their action that they are ready to take their place on the table, or in this case on the bicycle.

More details can be found via

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