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Budget 2017/2018 Highlights: Accelerating the Growth Momentum of the Tourism Sector

Date: June 15, 2017
Domain:Education & Training
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 15 June, 2017: Budget 2017/2018 outlines a series of measures geared towards accelerating the growth momentum of the tourism sector. These are set with the aim of further strengthening the dynamism of our tourism industry by attracting more visitors.  

The measures enunciated are:  

A Collaboration with KLM to further diversify our markets in Europe by opening up air access to the Netherlands and neighbouring regions.

Air Mauritius will operate an additional weekly flight to Singapore to maintain that dynamism and meet rising demand following the Asia-Africa air corridor. 

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority will promote the twin destinations offer of Bush & Beach Tourism of Kenya and Mauritius.

Government will give a voucher of Rs 200 discount on a minimum purchase of Rs 1,000 of Mauritian handicraft products with a view of increasing expenditure per tourist while at the same time giving a boost to Mauritian handicraft 

So as to attract more Asian tourists, hotels will be allowed to host gaming machines within their premises, subject to access being restricted to non-residents and foreigners only and against payment of the appropriate license fee and betting tax.  

A noncitizen acquiring a residential property for an amount below USD 500, 000 will be entitled to a Multi-Entry Visa for a maximum of 180 days per year for a consecutive period of 5 years and renewable every 5 years depending on the status of ownership.
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