Mauritius Luxury Holidays Boon With Success Of Two World Travel Awards
Mauritius has had its tourism efforts recognised with two world travel awards at the Indian Ocean Ceremony 2013. It sees the country win in the two key areas it wished to improve and enhance. This win comes on the same day as the tourism ministry announced that it would hold its own unique festival this year.
The first award was the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, seen as a surprising win by many. Mauritius has invested greatly in honeymoon holidays by making travel around the island much easier. It has also improved its travel links with neighbouring countries like the Maldives, South Africa, and India.
By winning the Indian Ocean's Leading Honeymoon Destination, Mauritius received a boost in the highly competitive market, which has it competing with other tourism powerhouses in the region.
The second award was the Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination. This is a demonstration of how the country’s natural attractions are still a hit. Different areas of the island have done much to make sporting tourism more accessible. Recently, Mauritius also announced the building of a new championship-level golf course as part of its general investment and expansion in tourism infrastructure.
Michael Sik Yuen, the minister of tourism and leisure for the government, collected the awards. In his acceptance speech, he dedicated both awards to the professionals and investors who had put money forward for the industry. At the awards ceremony at the luxury Paradise Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives, the Minister outlined how this was a big endorsement for what the country’s tourism industry was doing.
In a press release after the awards, Sik Yuen said how it was important to continue providing diverse tourism options to improve the overall profile of Mauritius luxury holidays, as well as in certain niche areas. He also revealed how Mauritius had now become the number one honeymoon destination in France.
Furthermore, he praised the success of Air Mauritius for becoming the region's leading airline for every year since 2005.
The Indian Ocean Ceremony 2013 is a leading travel award ceremony. It is acknowledged as a prestigious accolade to win.
The minister revealed additional good news with the announcement that Mauritius would hold a major festival this year. Observers originally said it would be a good idea to continue holding an event to lure visitors to the country.
After dismissing the idea of holding such an event, he reneged on the decision and confirmed it was in the island’s best interest.
The awards and the announcement of such an event will certainly help the country rebound from a disappointing 2012. In 2012, tourism stagnated almost completely with negligible gains. In 2013, the Mauritian government has made it clear that it wants to cross the one million-tourist threshold to keep up with competitors, like the Maldives.
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