Indonesia’s ‘Thousand Islands’ explored by Alain St. Ange

The Thousand Islands

After the successful World Tourism Network (WTN) TIME 2023 Summit in Bali, Alain St. Ange was invited to get a taste of one of Indonesia’s key unique selling point (USP) – the Thousand Islands, its Pulau Seribu among others.

Alongside Mrs. Sonti Pangaribuan, the Director of Tourism, Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine & VP of the WTN, H. E. Nico Barito, the Seychelles Envoy at ASEAN based in Jakarta and others from the Indonesian Administration spent a day of discovery of the Thousand Islands group outside Jakarta.

Using a Government vessel the delegation headed by H.E. Bupati Junaedi and his Director of Tourism visited two Government Islands and a private sector one that is considered a success story with an incredibly high occupancy level in its accommodation establishment. The Thousand Islands group situated just over an hour by speedboat has been the holiday destination of many of the Who’s Who in the world.

St. Ange was a speaker at the TIME 2023 WTN Tourism Summit had his highly anticipated biography, “Alain St. Ange: A Life in Tourism” authored by Pascal Viroleau launched. The revered tourism guru presented the dignitaries at the event with a copy of the biography which details his life in Tourism.

In a related development, Alain St. Ange who is Vice President of World Tourism Network (WTN), has stated that the World Habitat Day needs more recognition. St. Ange made the call as he departed Bali, Indonesia after the 2023 TIME Tourism Summit, an event during which his biography, “A Life in Tourism” was launched.

The Bali Tourism Summit brought to the table points that needed consideration for a sustainable tourism development order. Speaking about World Tourism Day, St. Ange said, “The scary thoughts that in the next decades, tourism numbers would double as the community of nations stills cannot be united in the way forward for concrete acceptable approaches.

“The world as a whole is feeling the impact of non-planning in the past. It is not time for name calling or blame pointing… it is more time for opening concrete positive dialogue for action related results in unity for purpose. Marking Habitat as it is called will and should serve to open the more comprehensive conversation for greater successes. Habitat is an important part of that needed conversation.”


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