Published on : Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Mauritius is looking at a 20% rise in Indian tourist arrivals in 2017 thanks to the five-city roadshows that the island nation has been hosting in the country with an aim to lure an increased number of tourists.
In the year 2016, the number of Indian tourist arrivals in Mauritius was 15% more as compared to the arrivals in the last year, according to the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MPTA) India Country Manager named Vivek Anand. He added that the country is targeting 1,00,000 tourists in 2017 that represents an increase of 20% over the visitor arrivals in 2016.
The tourists from Europe comprises 50% followed by Asian countries 20% of total tourists’ arrival to Mauritius, he feels.
Anand has also mentioned that India’s share in the tourist arrivals to Mauritius is around 7% and this figure has been growing steadily. He also thinks that it would be a wise idea to promote Mauritius as more than a beach destination. A large number of travellers are eager to travel to this island country since it is quite an affordable tourism locale.
Furthermore, Ananda had said that they have also been receiving a number of enquiries for Indian weddings.
In addition, movie producers have also started displaying fresh interest in shooting Bollywood films in Mauritius. Therefore, he specified that the main goal of the road show that would be conducted in India is to upgrade the travel sector and also enable them to establish ties with Mauritius suppliers. The road show would be hosted in Pune, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Nagpur from 27th February till 4th March.
Anand has also clarified that 50% of the Indian travellers visiting Mauritius belong to the western part. And, nearly 25% from the northern India, and 25% from southern India comprise the ones who are keen to travel to Mauritius.
Apart from being a hotspot for wedding and other activities, Mauritius is also quite renowned for golf as it has firmly established its place as a premier international golf destination over the last 10 years.
Mauritius is located at a distance of nearly 2,000 kms away from the south-eastern part of the African coast and towards the eastern portion of Madagascar. Activities like submarine rides, seakarting, ziplining and skydiving are offered here, as revealed by Anand.
Mauritius provides visa on arrivals for Indian nationals for a maximum period of 60 days.