Mauritius is working closely with airlines, including South African Airways, to transport more people from the African continent to experience tourism and investment on the island. The move is also intended to help people on the continent to integrate and share ideas while making Mauritius the preferred holiday destination instead of the Americas, Europe or Asia, the Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Mr Kevin Ramkaloan, said on a five-day visit under the auspices of South African Airways, Ghana office.
He said Mauritius had some of the best luxury hotels comparable to any in the most advanced countries in the world, capable of meeting the needs of visitors from the continent, and added that the island hosts lights festivals, which attracts up to 450,000 people from all over the world.
With tourism leading as the largest contributor to the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there was every indication that the country was focused and well positioned as far as tourism was concerned. For instance, tourism contributed more than $1.6 billion to the economy last year with a potential increase by an average of 10% because of the level of seriousness the authorities have attached to the sector.
The Sales Executive of South African Airways in Mauritius, Madam Jessica Huet, said the airline had also positioned itself to be the most preferred airline to help transport visitors from all over Africa to experience the island. She said the airline was promoting the unique activities of the island such as sports, including golf and cycling; and medical tourism where it had liaised with some medical institutions to offer the best medical care for the most dangerous ailments.
She said the airline was also working closely with travel and tour agents to design appropriate packages for families, groups, couples, among others, to fly to experience the diversity of Mauritius.