Tourism: Consultative meeting held with boat builders and importers
May 23, 2019
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GIS - 23 May, 2019: A consultative meeting, between representatives of boat builders and importers, boating associations, and the Tourism Authority, was held on 22 May 2019 at Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Tourism, Mr Anil Gayan.
The issues raised by some 30 stakeholders present include, among others: the carrying capacity of the lagoon; the possibility of assisting boat builders in becoming ISO certified; finding a win-win situation both for boat importers and builders; adequate boat ramp as well as proper mooring facilities to be developed in several areas on the coast of the island; building of marinas for boat owners; embarkation points and assigned base of operation for boaters; and the development of a scheme to offer incentives to upgrade the know-how of boat builders.
In a statement to the press, the Tourism Minister underlined that the aim of the meeting was to take stock of difficulties encountered by boat builders and importers and vis-à-vis the Tourism Authority, to see how Government can assist in finding solutions to issues raised. He stated that boat builders find it very difficult to get the ISO certificate and are asking the help of Government and the Tourism Authority to be ISO certified. This, he added, will enable them to meet international standards and offer high quality products to customers.
Minister Gayan also dwelt on the marinas systems to be offered to boat operators, the importance of respecting specific standards in the manufacture of boats and ensuring that large boats operating in the lagoon meet required standards so as to prevent marine pollution.
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