The Vanilla Islands have secured a position within the world tourism body’s UNWTO. This position pitches the group of islands which include Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte, Maldives, Seychelles, Reunion and Madagascar on the international arena and raise the grouping’s visibility in the international press. The Vanilla Islands, which one of its key mandates is to market the region’s tourism industry, officially qualified as a fully-fledged member of the world tourism body following the blessing of the Secretary General of UNTWO, Taleb Rifai, during the ministerial meeting of the Vanilla Islands conference held recently in Reunion.
The ministerial meeting of the Vanilla Islands ran in parallel to the UNWTO conference on sustainable development and the latter was the right platform for tourism leaders of the grouping to brainstorm on the way forward of the organisation in the community of nations as a new island destination.
With the acquired funding for the marketing of the Vanilla Islands, the grouping is now fully operational to drive its marketing strategies and overcome the challenges holding back the success of the organisation.
There have been much talks within the Vanilla Islands grouping on the lack of direct flights within the member islands. Alain St Ange, the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture and who is also the President of Vanilla Islands, had stressed that they will invest heavily in negotiations to connect these islands with an effective air connectivity.