IHG expands into Mauritius

IBL Travel has joined the HRG worldwide network as its partner in Mauritius. This latest development expands the number of HRG operations in the Africa region to twelve.

First established in 1989, IBL Travel is now recognised as one of the leading corporate travel experts in the country and its key clients include CIEL Group, Maersk (Mauritius) Ltd, Palmar Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Mauritius has witnessed extensive development over the last decade, having grown from a monocrop economy (depending mainly on sugar) through diversifying its economic activities into the textile and clothing, tourism, seafood and financial services industries. The country is equipped with a highly skilled labour force and has a good infrastructure attracting considerable foreign investment. Economic growth has averaged 5.6% over the last three years with around 5% growth expected in 2007 and 2008.

Marc Dalais, General Manager of IBL Travel, commented: “We are excited to be joining the HRG worldwide network and look forward to making the most of the international opportunities and value-added services available to both our business and our clients as part of this global organisation.”

David Radcliffe, Chief Executive of HRG, added: “It is a pleasure to welcome Marc and his colleagues to the HRG worldwide network.”

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He continued: “Local knowledge is crucial when delivering a worldwide service.  The specialism and expertise that our new partner in Mauritius can provide is an added bonus for HRG’s clients. Our colleagues at HRG Mauritius have an in-depth understanding of the current development opportunities and challenges faced in both the country and local region and are therefore able to provide well founded advice for our clients.”
IBL Travel joins HRG’s Africa region. In addition to Mauritius, HRG’s partner operations in Africa are in Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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