As the country celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence from the UK, Breaking Travel News talks with Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, minister of tourism, Mauritius, about how the destination will leverage the event. With the inaugural International Tourism Conference also set to take place this year, it is an exciting time for the country.
Mauritius celebrates its Independence Day every year on March 12th and this year carries extra significance as its marks the golden jubilee of the event. The tourism hotspot enjoys a public holiday to celebrate the anniversary of independence from Britain.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has announced a six per cent increase in visitor arrivals from the UK market for 2017 when compared to the previous year. This significant growth has also resulted in the UK overtaking Reunion as Mauritius’ second biggest inbound market after France.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and British Airways have announced an increase in direct flights from the UK to the popular Indian Ocean destination. British Airways flights from London Gatwick will now include two additional departures per week, bringing the total to five, with departures on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has today announced an 11 per cent global increase in visitor arrivals for 2016 when compared to the previous year. The news also signifies two years of double-digit growth with 2015 having out performed expectation.
During the first quarter of 2016, Mauritius attracted 327,836 tourists, a 12.5 per cent increase over the previous year. Tourism revenues increase by 13.9 per cent, to MUR15 billion in the quarter. According to Statistics Mauritius, tourism revenue in 2016 will be 1.9 per cent higher than the previous forecast, after a surge in visitors during the first quarter.
The Navasana Spa at the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has introduced ten new spa experiences. The ten new ones complement an existing selection of massages and the Rhassoul Ritual in the spa’s majestic hammam. The concept of the new offerings is to encourage a flexible and holistic approach to wellbeing while on holiday, as opposed to mere pampering.
The Honourable Xavier Luc Duval, Minister of Tourism, Mauritius talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB 2015.
Industry body Airports Council International has announced the recipients of the prestigious 2014 Airport Service Quality Awards. As the industry’s most comprehensive passenger service benchmarking tool, the ACI ASQ Survey has reliably captured passengers’ immediate appraisal from check-in through departure at the gate at more than 300 airports worldwide.
In August 2014, Mauritius welcomed 11,857 arrivals from the UK, a 20.5 per cent increase year on year compared to August 2013; higher than any other month in the past five years. The August arrival figures have had a positive effect on the cumulative arrivals to date, bringing the UK to an overall increase of 11.75 per cent over the period of January to August 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.