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Seychelles’ Alain St. Ange captures Uganda Civil Aviation Conference

Seychelles’ former Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Marine and ports, Alain St. Ange, was invited to provide the keynote address at yesterday’s Uganda Civil Aviation Authority’s Aviation Stakeholders Breakfast meeting at the Kampala Serena Conference Centre.

Alain St. Ange captured the full-house audience’s attention along with his off the cuff free-flowing address and was applauded when he spoke concerning the theme because of this year’s Aviation week: Working together to make sure no country is left out.

“Uganda and Ugandans must be sure that uganda isn’t left behind,” St. Ange stated before he highlighted the necessity to have aviation and the complete tourism industry work together. He said that “… both industries are linked closely, and their mutual success would depend on one another. Both sectors have to work to attain national target projections for passengers and visitors together.” He also underscored that both tourism and aviation have to become sustainable for long-term success.

On another note, the Seychelles former Minister made everyone in the packed conference hall get sucked in when he told them that being among the world’s best-kept secrets longer cuts it and that Uganda no, a country he previously before visited in similar capacities, had what it took to shout their attractions from the roof tops and drive the message home every day. “Visibility is really a key element to market a destination; each day you should be seen to showcase your attractions.”

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St. Ange is needless to say remembered in the Seychelles because the initiator and driver of a relentless marketing drive and his constant engagement with the global tourism trade and specifically the travel media, which saw the archipelago punch well above its weight as a tourism destination and resulted in ten years of growth when other competing destinations faltered.

St. Ange’s presentation and added interaction with local media and attendees of the meeting for over one hour following the proceedings had officially concluded, once more implies that Africa has some superb talent to call upon when, be it on the beyond or continent, such meetings happen and require specific experience and insights from and about Africa. St. Ange’s deep knowledge from his amount of time in both private sector and in government, besides his speaking eloquence, without doubt will dsicover him asked being an expert of Brand and tourism Africa.

Uganda’s Works and Transport Minister, Hon. Monica Ntege, subsequently quoted and acknowledged in her very own speech on several occasions St. Ange’s tips and invited him to come back to Kampala for the 2019 edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo.

Meanwhile, UCAA’s Managing Director, Dr. David Mpango Kakuba, year 2018 highlighted several achievements the authority can look back at through the soon-to-end.

International airlines serve Entebbe with scheduled flights now, as do 26 non-scheduled airlines. Next on Entebbe’s horizon will be Israel’s El Al, in February 2019 because of launch flights, following conclusion of a fresh Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Israel and Uganda.

St. Ange provided passenger numbers for Entebbe also, which in 2017 reached 1,620,000 in comparison to a measly 118,000 in 1991.

During the initial 8 months of 2018, this figure rose by 120,000 passengers, suggesting that by year’s end, passenger throughput shall exceed 1.8 million.

Uganda’s CAA also attained the coveted ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard as only the 3rd regional aviation body after Kenya and Tanzania.