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 News - 12-Apr-2012

Mauritius, Seychelles Unaffected By Earthquake

After a massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia earlier this week, tsunami warnings went out for 28 countries including Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives. Residents of those islands began keeping an eye out just in case a repeat of the December 2004 tsunami came to fruition. Thankfully, that did not happen. The Tsunami Warning Centre lifted its warnings for the entire Indian Ocean region the day after the earthquake.

According to experts Tuesday’s quake on the sea floor displayed more horizontal movement than vertical. In so doing there was less movement of water and less likelihood of a damaging tsunami as a result. The lack of water movement on Tuesday is in contrast to the quake that triggered the deadly tsunami in December 2004. As a result of that catastrophe hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and the landscape of the Indian Ocean which changed dramatically. Mauritius was largely spared in that event as well, though Seychelles and the Maldives did have nearly 100 deaths between them.

The lifting of the tsunami warning is good news for both the tourist industry and those who had plans to head to the region in the coming weeks. Mauritius holidays all inclusive packages will be honoured with no interruptions anticipated. If any effects of the earth quake are seen at all it may only be some choppy water beyond the coral reefs that naturally protect Mauritius from the Indian Ocean. That means holiday plans go on as usual including all the sun, sand, and water sports Mauritius is known for.

On a lighter note, travel to Mauritius has been steady thus far in 2012. At the close of last year government officials were hoping to reach 1 million visitors for 2012 based on strong increases during 2011. The first quarter of this year didn't turn out as strong as expected, but things are still moving along at a very good pace. If current numbers hold steady Mauritius will probably reach the 980,000 mark without any trouble at all. With any luck, and an upturn in Europe’s economy, they still may reach their goal of 1 million.

If you’ve never been to Mauritius before, 2012 could be your year to change things. The island has plenty to offer couples, families, and even corporate groups. Travellers in the know are well aware of the fact that Mauritius boasts some of the finest luxury resorts in the world from names like St. Regis, LUX, and Constance.

Along with great accommodations there are world-class spas, fine dining, great shopping and nightlife, and even in golf. Mauritius currently has no fewer than eight championship level courses designed by some of the biggest names in the business. And special golfing holiday packages are cropping up at tour companies all over the UK.

So, do you need any more reasons to holiday in Mauritius

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