Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) announced at the 20th General Assembly of the UNWTO that Elsia Grandcourt, the former CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board had been appointed as the new Director for Africa at the UNWTO.
The announcement was made in the presence of Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and all the other Ministers from Africa during the Commission for Africa (CAF) Session of the UNWTO.
Elsia Grandcourt studied Hotel Management a he SATEC Hospitality Training Centre in Singapore and has worked in Hotels, Airline, Destination Management Company (DMC) before moving in at the Seychelles Tourism Board as Deputy CEO in 2010 to work alongside Alain St.Ange, who was at hat time CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
It was in 2012 that Elsia Grandcourt was promoted to the position of CEO,of the Seychelles Tourism Board after Alain St.Ange was appointed the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.
Elsia Grandcourt replaces Ousmane Ndiaye who had been the Regional Director for Africa at he UNWTO for many years.
Speaking to he press after the official announcement of the appointment of Elsia Granccurt,was made by Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of he UNWTO, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange said that he was proud to see a Seychellois National appointed to such an important position at he UNWTO, “It is great for Seychelles and I am proud” Minister St.Ange said.
The Seychelles Tourism Board remains one body that is today in the limelight because of their ongoing successes. Seychelles continues to see positive growth in the visitor arrival numbers with year to date figures showing a 14% growth over the 2012 figures.
Seychelles tourism has been working hard on Regional Integration with the islands now holding he Presidency of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation and hey have been actively promoting twin centre holiday options with the African mainland using the tag line ‘From the Big Five of Africa…to the Best Five of the Seychelles’. It was in the Seychelles in 2012 that the very successful ROUTES AFRICA conference was organised.
Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles is regarded as having been the mentor for Elsia Grandcourt during her time at the Seychelles Tourism Board.