The Indian Ocean island country has scored double digit arrivals from India and Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority is further boosting trade by bringing 33 sellers on a five city road show through India this week.Kevin Ramkaloan, Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), said in Mumbai on Monday: “India is a natural market for Mauritius Tourism as we share a common culture and is also one of the most important for growth. We had 80,000 visitors from India last year. It’s still small looking at arrivals from South Africa. We’ve much more to offer than sun and sea which are obvious attractions. Cosmopolitan, luxury, adventure, safari, wine tours and camel tours are possible.”
Apravai Ghat, where thousands of indentured labourers landed after journeying for months on ships from India more than 175 years ago is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Their knowledge and cultural influence continues even today in cuisine, jewellery and clothing. All except one Prime Ministers of Mauritius so far have been persons of Indian origin. Porlwi by light festival taking place from 2 to 4 December is similar to Diwali, Indian festival of lights.
Mr Ramkaloan said: “Two out of 13 commercial submarines are in Mauritius and offer a unique experience. Moreover, it’s a safe destination suitable for young, middle aged as well as seniors looking for quiet, noisy or party atmosphere. In a 4 or 5 day tour, one can do mountains, swim with dolphins, zipline and much more and get back with fresh feeling filled with excitement.”
One and Only Le Saint Geran, a seller at the roadshow, is offering a 40 percent discount at its all suite dwellings. Located on a peninsula, it has 60 acre beachfront gardens, three restaurants, spa with Espa products, facility for landing, a golf course and private dining options on secluded beaches. Packages start at USD 300(INR 26,000) on half board basis with all water sports and bicycles hiring as complimentary. There is also a choice of dining at Indian pavilion (at a ceiling cost of 800 Mauritian Rupees), the Indian specialty restaurant to have a change from buffet dining at La Terrasse all day dining restaurant. Honeymooners are even special and get a 50 percent discount on packages.
Mauritius is good for honeymooners and also for weddings. Mr Ramkaloan said that they hosted five big Indian weddings last year. There is an option of tying the knot on land, on sea, under the sea or in air through zipline or skydiving. The government is also actively creating spaces for wedding venues.
There was 16 percent growth in tourists from India to Mauritius from January to June this year. MTPA is expecting to breach the 100,000 mark with a 20 percent increase in 2016. 33 sellers that included two star to five star hotels, all DMCs and MTPA are next meeting buyers in Ahmadabad, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai through the week.
Written by Anand & Madhura Katti