GIS- 21 June, 2018: Budget 2018-2019 charts the way forward to enhancing the visibility of Mauritius as an up-market tourist destination and diversifying the tourism product portfolio to improve attractiveness vis-a-vis competing island destinations, while at the same time increasing tourist arrivals during the low season.
A community-based and inclusive tourism is being targeted for the expansion of tourism product and creation of more linkages with local businesses. The Mauritian tourism product will be made more visitor-friendly and new digital platforms will be created to provide information on safety, costs of inland travel, road maps, dining, shopping and exchange rates of currencies, amongst others.
Moreover the tourism experience will be widened to include wildlife, vibrant heritage, unique local assets, local cuisine, adventure sports, and other cultural as well as sports events for the promotion of Mauritius as a festive and vibrant destination in the Indian Ocean.
As regards improved connectivity and sustainability, Air Mauritius will receive two new aircrafts to increase its capacity and flight frequency while expanding its destination network.
The Budget also envisages positioning Mauritius as the preferred ‘fly-cruise’ gateway to the Indian Ocean and Port-Louis harbour as a cruise hub in the region. To this effect, a dedicated cruise Terminal Building with cutting edge technologies and modern facilities capable of handling up to 4 000 passengers will be constructed.
The need to enhance the safety and security of tourists and the reinforcement of monitoring nautical activities was also outlined. All pleasure crafts will mandatorily be equipped with an Automatic Identification System to ensure smooth and safe running of the activities at sea.
Mahebourg as a ‘Village Touristique’
Budget 2018-2019 highlights the potential of Mahebourg as a ‘Village Touristique’, a major cultural and eco-tourism attraction. The pilot project, Mahebourg regeneration, will be implemented through a public-private partnership endeavour.
Mahebourg has rich historical and green assets such as the Blue Bay Marine Park, Vallée de Ferney, the Naval Museum, the site of the epic Grand Port naval battle, and near-by islets, amongst others. These existing advantages of Mahebourg will be reinforced with new facilities for cultural shows. Selected streets will be made solely pedestrian during certain hours to encourage street art, musical performances and sales of handicrafts.
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