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 News - 15-Dec-2012

A Bright Future For Mauritius Tourism

Observers are predicting a bright future for the jewel of the Indian Ocean, the Mauritius. News in recent months has opened many doors for the industry to flourish, including newly built relationships with the tourist industries of other countries.

The most exciting piece of news came from India where they said Mauritius luxury holidays are a vital market for India to take advantage of as it connected them directly to Africa. Its tropical seas and white sandy beaches are a major draw for tourists, and this means major nations like India want to obtain the benefits of this global market.

Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Joint Secretary (Diaspora) T.K. Manoj Kumar at a major meeting between tourism representatives from India and the Mauritius praised how viable investment was: "The Indian community in Mauritius is politically visible, successful, hard working and enterprising. The progress achieved in this round of dialogue with Mauritius has opened opportunities to reach out to other African nations."

At the same meeting Jocelyn Kwok, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Mauritius Association of Hotels and Restaurants said major steps had already been taken to attract tourists from India. The CEO revealed positive figures pertaining to tourist arrivals from major Indian departure points in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. Comment was also made on the possibility and progress of current and additional investment: "Investment in tourism in Mauritius is significant. The island is definitely growing in the MICE (meeting, inventive, conferences and exhibitions) market, especially for high-end Indian weddings. There is definitely a willingness to grow investment."

There was additional good news recently from Rwanda as Mauritius committed itself to collaborating with the small African nation, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of its 1994 genocide. Areas identified for collaboration to help the small African nation grow were health, IT, and agriculture. Once these areas have been improved countries such as the Mauritius expect to benefit from the increased tourist traffic throughout this area of the world.

Another growing market which the Mauritius spoke to is the Seychelles. Ministers at the annual Creole Festival held in the Seychelles discussed the two countries possibly working together for mutual benefit in the future. Observers expect a potential collaboration to provide a boost to both industries as the Seychelles tourism market recently gained remarkable publicity across the UK after the World Tourism Market (WTM) in London.

Representatives from the Seychelles broadcast pre-recorded radio interviews over a several prominent radio stations, including Scotland’s Black Diamond Radio. Any cooperation would certainly bring significant publicity to the Mauritius as a tourist destination for people in countries like the UK, France, and Serbia.

Overall, through the hard work of the Mauritius tourism industry in building relationships with other markets, the island expects to receive a significant influx of tourists in the coming years.

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