Alain St. Ange expertise within the field of tourism cannot even be denied by rival camps. As politician, Gervais Henrie himself stated in court on 7th June 2018: “No one can deny that St. Ange would have had a real chance at winning the election to the post of Secretary-General at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). He is charismatic, energetic, friendly and a person who gets things done. He has proven himself working tirelessly to get Seychelles Tourism on the world stage. In 2016, under his leadership the Seychelles welcomed over 300,000 tourists, which is a record number.
There were plenty of warnings that the African Union, and Zimbabwe for that matter, would not have taken Seychelles deception lightly but for President Faure and his Cabinet to wait until the last minute while St.Ange was already in Madrid after a five month grueling campaign to pull the plug on his candidacy for the UNWTO’s top job shows a lack of long-term planning and that it is still standing in the dark. President Faure’s administration has totally blind sided and humiliated St.Ange at the same time has tarnished Seychelles reputation in Africa.