First it was Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture who after two consecutive mandates was followed by President Didier Robert of Reunion and then Minister Ulrich Andriantiana, the Madagascar Minister of Tourism, Transport and Meteorology and now at the Region’s Ministerial Meeting held at the Westin Resort at Balaclava in Mauritius it was the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Mr Xavier Luc Duval who has taken over as President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

It was Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Islands who acted as meeting facilitator for this 2015 Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands that was attended by Minister Ulrich Andriantiana, the Madagascar Minister of Tourism, Transport and Meteorology, Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Luc Duval, who is also the Minister of Tourism and External Communications, Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, President Didier Robert, the President of the Region of Reunion and Madame Fatimatie Razafinatoandro, the President of the Mayotte Tourism.

Following the Ministerial Meeting of the 10 June Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius was handed the Vanilla Islands Flag as Patrick Victor, the well known Seychelles artist sung his ‘Koste Pep L’Ocean Indien” song in the presence of most of the Mauritian and Indian Ocean press.

“This is a great day for the Vanilla Islands. In unity we are strong. Creating a new tourism region is no easy feat, but together we shall continue to work as a region as brothers and sisters to grow our tourism industry for the benefit of our respective islanders and for the economy of our respective islands” Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles said as he congratulated Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius and as he assured him of the total support of Seychelles.