300 key decision makers from all over Africa have met to discuss growth and opportunity in the region at Routes Africa.
The seventh Routes Africa
forum opened in the Kempinski Resort Hotel in the Seychelles, with a high level Strategy Forum to tackle the key issues in African aviation.
Topics addressed included Liberalisation versus Competition, the Global Outlook for Africa and finding ways to unlock the opportunities and challenges in the region.
Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles, Alain St Ange was joined by President, La Reunion, Didier Robert, Minister of the Republic, South Africa, Martinus Van Schalkwyk and CEO, Air Seychelles, Cramer Ball to call for greater air links for the whole of Africa.
St. Ange stated: “We live in a highly interconnected world where no organisation can afford to be an ‘island unto itself’ and where the formation of mutually beneficial partnerships and synergies is increasingly the only way to prosper.
“Indeed, we are already witnessing the ‘Golden Triangle’ of cooperation between airlines, Tourism Authorities and Civil Aviation, all which imply the future enrichment of our respective tourism industries.”
CEO, Air Seychelles, Cramer Ball added: “With the increasing numbers of visitors to the islands, there is a corresponding increase in demand for air support. We are re-positioning our brand to take advantage of this. We want to be recognised as one of the top carriers in the Indian Ocean.”
Panel discussions and keynote addresses during the Routes Africa
Strategy Forum went on to further encourage the need for greater air lift within the region, so that all African countries can glean the economic benefit that air services bring.
Minister of the Republic of South Africa, Martinus Van Schalkwyk introduced South Africa’s commitment to a universal e-visa to encourage tourism and to create jobs.
President, La Reunion, Didier Robert concluded: “Tourism policies cannot be decided they must be built, together we must work together to propose a complete offer for tourists.”