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 News - 05-Jan-2012

Air Mauritius Continues To Open Up Skies

The Mauritian tourism industry was abuzz last spring when national airline Air Mauritius revealed plans to do its part in bringing more arrivals to the island by opening up the Mauritian skies to foreign carriers. They've made good on that pledge, having struck deals with several airlines including British Airways and Emirates. Their most recent announcement involves Air Mauritius adding two additional non-stop flights to Shanghai later this year to accommodate the explosive number of arrivals from China.

The first flight is scheduled to begin in late March, while the second will begin in October if customer demand makes it necessary. Air Mauritius officials note that flights to and from Shanghai have seen exceptional growth since they were first offered last summer. Flights currently involve a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, so the addition of the non-stop option should prove to be very attractive to visitors.

Although Europeans are still making up nearly 70% of all visitors to Mauritius, tourists coming from China have increased over the last couple of years as well. Through November 2011 there were nearly 14,000 Chinese arrivals, representing a 100% increase over the same period the year before. Industry experts believe those numbers could double again to nearly 28,000 in 2012. With modest growth expected from France and the UK in 2012, this could end up being the best year for Mauritian travel since the peak numbers of five and six years ago.

As Mauritius works to maintain its position as the Indian Ocean's number one tourist destination, she is developing new avenues of promotion and opportunity. One of those areas is the renewal of vows abroad among Europe's older travellers who may have wanted to experience a tropical wedding in the past but could not afford to do so. The recent announcement by the Maldives to ban spa services in that country should encourage more of those older couples looking for a romantic holiday to choose Mauritius instead.

Known for her gorgeous white beaches and beautiful turquoise seas, Mauritius is one of the more romantic spots on the globe. Couples have been flocking to the island for decades to take advantage of her stunningly beautiful environment and luxury resorts that dot the coastline, offering the opportunity to be treated like royalty. In fact, there's so much to experience on Mauritius that it's hard to imagine anyone having the opportunity to decide not to visit.

The peak travel season in Mauritius is now in full swing so flights running at full capacity. Thankfully, Europeans have already enjoyed increased flight choices thanks to the deal reached by Air Mauritius and British Airways last year. Part of that deal included altering the departure time for regular flights flying out of the island. The new departure time means travellers are given an extra day to enjoy Mauritius before having to board their flight home.

Mauritius Holidays Direct , the luxury holiday company based in the UK, offers great package deals on Mauritius holidays and renewal of vows abroad

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