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 News - 06-Sep-2011

Mauritius Investing In Brand New Port

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is gearing up for a new construction project intended to bring a brand new port to the region. According to the Mauritius Ports Authority, they will spend as much as USD $712 million to build the new port and terminal near the nation's capital of Port St. Louis. The project allegedly we will be built in three stages and will include the reclamation of 60 hectares of sea.

The primary purpose of the new port is to allow for more cargo business. Experts suggest that once complete, the terminal will be able to handle up to two million cargo containers annually. With Mauritius having so very few natural resources of its own, and little in the way of manufacturing, it relies on imports mainly from Europe and China to meet demand for consumer goods. The increased cargo capacity will allow for more imports coming at a single time which should help to reduce prices.

There's no mention yet of whether or not the port will be used by cruise ships in the area. However, that would make good sense based on what some large ports in other tourist destinations have done. It could mean that Mauritius becomes the hub four Indian Ocean cruising. If so, the increased tourism and would help offset the cost of building the new port and terminal.

Regardless, Mauritius family holidays continued to be very popular among Europe's overseas travellers. The island offers a plethora of resorts and hotels to cater to every taste and budget. Whether you're looking for a luxury seaside resort, one less expensive inland resort, you'll have plenty of selection to choose from. And one of the best things about the island's resorts is that none of them are more than an hour from the airport.

While in Mauritius you and your family will enjoy plenty of water-based activities, lush gardens, history and culture, fine dining, and the one thing Mauritius is known around the world for - gorgeous, tropical weather! You'll love the consistently warm temperatures, crystal clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and turquoise blue waters. In fact, there may be at no other place on earth with the weather and actual environment of Mauritius; so much so that local legend claims God created Mauritius first, then the Garden of Eden.

As the peak summer tourist season is winding down for Europeans, tour operators and holiday companies remind you that there are still plenty of last minute deals available to Mauritius. Be sure to ask about all inclusive holiday packages that can help you make the most of your hard earned travel budget; including air fare deals. And if you've already concluded your holidays for 2011, why not consider a Mauritius holiday for 2012 It's never too early to start planning.

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