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 News - 11-Apr-2013

Mauritius Tourism Spurred By Emirates Carrier

Mauritius is determined to boost its tourism in 2013. After a stagnant 2012, it recently welcomed a one-off service from the Emirates airline. The airline flew an A380 to the island in celebration of its 45th anniversary of independence. This first commercial flight is the initial step in the country's efforts to boost air traffic throughout the region.

Many passengers looking to enjoy Mauritius luxury holidays booked just for this unique flight. A delegation consisting of major figures from around the world joined them. Amongst them were Tim Clark, the President of Emirates, Ahmed Khoory, the SVP of the Indian Ocean and West Asia regions, as well as Adnan Kazim, the divisional SVP of planning and research.

The luxury commercial flight landed at the Sir Seewoosague Ramgoolam International Airport. To top off the unique event, soldiers from below met the aircraft with a ceremonial salute using water cannon. The VIP delegation flying on the A380 was met by the acting director of Civil Aviation, Sarupanand Kinoo and Andre Viljoen, the CEO of Air Mauritius.

It is the latest in a series of events occurring between Air Mauritius and Emirates. Air Mauritius is determined to strengthen ties with Emirates due to its international connections and worldwide reputation. The two airlines already have a code-share partnership.

President Tim Clark said, "Emirates operation of the first commercial flight of an A380 to Mauritius on such a symbolic day is testament to the importance of the destination in our network. As a major partner of the tourism industry, we will continue to support the island throughout our network to stimulate in-bound traffic."

Following the landing, the VIP delegation was treated to a welcoming ceremony. Representatives from the country and Emirates met members of the media, the travel industry, and the Mauritian government who were then given a guided tour around the A380. Emirates cabin crew conducted the tour.

In addition to the guided tour, 150 young people from the island were given the opportunity to test Emirates’ award-winning entertainment systems, as well as being awarded a special gift pack to end their special day.

Many see a strong relationship with Emirates as vital to Mauritian tourism promotion. Figures have highlighted how Emirates has transported 14 million passengers around the world, just on its A380.

Mr Serge Petit, the CEO of Airports of Mauritius, commented, "Today is an auspicious day for Mauritius and we are welcome to the fact that Emirates has chosen today in the history of our airport to bring the first commercial flight of an A380 to Mauritius."

Representatives from the Mauritius Tourism Board mark the arrival of the A380 as a major chance to bring in even more passengers to the island. They pointed to the importance of their investment in a brand new airport terminal, as well as the necessary infrastructure to accommodate it. Logistics on the island have been forced to modernise in order to take advantage of these new prospects.

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