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Comoros hosts Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands meet

Comoros hosts Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands meet

Tourism representatives of five Vanilla Islands met in Moroni, Comoros, under the chairmanship of Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange, also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation. (Image: eHabari)

The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands met this week in Comoros to brainstorm organizational visibility and promotion strategies for tourism.

Comprising Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles, the group seeks to promote the Vanilla Islands on the world stage.

Tourism representatives of five Vanilla Islands also met in Moroni, Comoros, under the chairmanship of Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange.

The Comoros meeting provided an important platform for representatives of member states to appreciate each other’s USPs and tourism attractions.

Pascal Viroleau, CEO, Vanilla Islands Organisation, also graced the occasion to highlight organisational achievements and address budget-related queries from member states.

Besides promotional strategies for 2014, the visibility of the organisation to ensure that brand ‘Vanilla Islands’ gains more traction in the world of tourism was extensively discussed.

The need for the Vanilla Islands Organisation to publish joint brochures, coffee table books and produce a promotional film for all seven islands together was also discussed.

Minister Alain St.Ange, also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation, expressed his happiness at being in Comoros.

He added that the event had provided a golden opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the Comoros Tourism Minister.

The next Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands ministerial meeting will be held in Seychelles in April 2014.

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