Elsia Grandcourt, the former CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, has now formally taken up her new position as the UNWTO Director for Africa after being called to the podium to address the 20th UNWTO General Assembly being held in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This was the opportunity for Seychelles born and bred Elsia Grandcourt to introduce herself to Ministers and to Heads of Mission who were present in Zambia and Zimbabwe for the UNWTO 20th General Assembly.
When he introduced Elsia Grandcourt as his newly-appointed Director for Africa, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, said he was pleased to be welcoming not only an able tourism personality from Africa, but a female member on his senior management team.
Before coming to the UNWTO, Elsia Grandcourt worked alongside Alain St.Ange, the current Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture. She was his Deputy CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board when he occupied the position of CEO, and she was promoted to head the dynamic Seychelles Tourism Board when Alain St.Ange joined the government of the Seychelles as Minister.
The Seychelles Tourism industry is today regarded as a success story, and the island’s Tourism Board respected as a dynamic and an innovative Board.
When addressing the General Assembly in both English and French, Elsia Grandcourt said:
“I am deeply honored to be participating in this 20th General Assembly and more so to join the UNWTO team in the capacity of Regional Director Program for Africa. Coming from a small African developing island state myself, I would like to assure the Africa region of my full and undivided support, my commitment, and my dedication to work together with you towards consolidating tourism in Africa, and achieving a healthy growth in the tourism industry on the African continent, as I am a firm believer that Africa should work together as one, to improve the visibility of our continent on the world tourism stage.”
Elsia Grandcourt then continued her address in French where she highlighted the fact that for a healthy tourism industry it was essential that stability and peace existed. She also said that Africa needed to have the will to work together and the conviction to believe in what the continent owned as tourism products.
She then went on to spell out that by working together, a lot could be achieved as she again re-assured everyone of her support, her determination, and of her total commitment, and ended by saying that she was also counting on Africa’s support for her as the new UNWTO Director for Africa.
“I look forward to working with you to achieve our common objectives, the objectives of the UNWTO and of the individual member states,” said Elsia Grandcourt before congratulating and thanking Zambia and Zimbabwe, the two host countries for the 20th General Assembly of the UNWTO, for offering a spectacular setting and for the stunning location that has showcased the diversity that Africa has to offer.