The fight against all forms of discrimination, and the call for “Tourism for All” by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles candidate for Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was seen as inspiring by the Seychellois, the region, for mainland Africa, and for the world, said Ronny Arnephy, the Vice Chairman of the LGBTI Seychelles.
In a letter of endorsement sent to Mr. St.Ange by the LGBTI Seychelles, Mr. Ronny Arnephy says: “Your message (‘Tourism for All’ and the fight against all forms of discrimination) should resonate with the world because it is the correct message not only for us, the LGBTI community, but also other communities such as people with disabilities, young people, and women who find themselves marginalized for one reason or another.” Mr. Ronny Arnephy added that the LGBTI Seychelles will be calling on its affiliated bodies to seek support for the Seychelles bid.
The LGBTI Seychelles is the only registered LGBTI organization of the Seychelles, and they are looking forward to receiving support for the Seychelles bid for SG of the UNWTO from African LGBTI organizations and also from the many UNWTO voting Member States.
Alain St.Ange said he was delighted to see more local organizations stand behind the Seychelles bid. “Patriotism is not in the heart of everyone. I am so happy to see the LGBTI Seychelles join the long list of committed Seychellois who show proudly they are behind Seychelles and all that is Seychellois,” said St.Ange, the islands’ candidate for SG of the UNWTO.