Published on : Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Mauritius expert, Sen Ramsamy, is the Managing Director of Tourism Business Intelligence. He identified the low level tourist receipts as the principal challenge to Mauritius tourism. He prefers fewer tourists spending more money on the island than large number of visitors spending meagre amounts.
He regrets that the three-year plan for tourism doesn’t embark on tourist safety and security, air access beyond the corridor, duty-free shopping on large scales, product differentiation, events management and so many other initiatives that would have made the youth work in a productive and profitable manner. He recommends a new vision for tourism for the next 25 years, but with carefully worked out strategic plans for the short, medium and long term. He hopes that in the next three years, Mauritius would be able to carve a niche for its tourism industry based on innovation.
Sen Ramsamy stated that in the first nine months of 2017, tourists arrivals increased by 6.1% to 934,679.
To quote Sen Ramsamy, “The principal driver of this growth in tourism is the air seat capacity that has been relaxed at a judiciously reasonable pace over the past few years. The other important factors influencing growth in tourism this year are the impact of the typhoons that had devastated several islands in the Caribbean region and the volcano threat until its eruption in Bali earlier this year.” Sen Ramsamy believes that in 2018, tourism will continue to grow with possibly new record figures in arrivals and total foreign exchange earnings.
However he states that “employment is unfortunately growing at a rather slow pace whereas this can increase significantly without new hotel openings. We only need a slight policy twist.”
Sen Ramsamy added, “By international standards, this is relatively low. There is an urgent need, therefore, to add value to our tourism products so that we may incite our visitors to spend more during their stay in Mauritius. There are enormous opportunities for more revenues from tourism but these remain still untapped. Our people, and especially the youth, should be adequately trained and encouraged to move beyond the trodden path and bring innovative ideas and concepts to the sector. Likewise, a new mindset is needed for our institutions to breathe freshness in tourism business facilitation and development strategies for this sector.”
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