Travel And Tour World – Which are the top source market for Mauritius?
Vijaye Haulder: France, UK, Germany, South Africa, Italy, New Ireland and India is the seventh.
Travel And Tour World: How are you promoting Mauritius as a luxury destination?
Vijaye Haulder: Being a small island we don’t want it to be a mass destination, we have a choice just to promote luxury so that we can maintain the ecology and culture , if we promote mass we will not be able to control anything.
Travel And Tour World: How is the MICE market in Mauritius?
Vijaye Haulder: We have the Swami Vivekananda Convention Centre, there are hotels which have facilities for MICE. We have hundred thousand of MICE visitors from all over the world every year.
Travel And Tour World – How is Mauritius as a golf destination?
Vijaye Haulder: Mauritius is one of the top golf destinations and has ten golf courses.
Travel And Tour World – To meet the high demand of the international tourists what are the smarter and sustainable infrastructure being incorporated?
Vijaye Haulder: We have excellent road facility and in the island everything is maintained, the ocean is researched, we rank second in terms of pure air.
Travel And Tour World – Mauritius will be hosting the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2019. Any special plans to host the prestigious ceremony?
Vijaye Haulder: This is a big event, we will have a big ceremony and have invited people and celebrities from all over the world, we are getting ready for that.
Travel And Tour World – Cinema week was organized by the Mauritius Film Development Corporation last year. So, what are the special incentives to shoot movies in the country?
Vijaye Haulder: An incentive of 30 percent of the budget is being allocated and it is processed through EDB (Economic Development Board). The incentives are not only for movies but for advertising shoots, web series, TV promotions and serials, there is a minimum qualifying amount based on that there is a subsidy, we are the facilitator and MFDC (Mauritius Film Development Corporation) is the nodal agency for this.
Travel And Tour World – Tell us about the new developments?
Vijaye Haulder: There is a metro coming up, the first line will be there some times in September/October this year. It will be connecting capital of Port Louis with another town.
Travel And Tour World – How do you wish to expand in Tier I and Tier II cities in India?
Vijaye Haulder: Tier I and II are the gateway points for Mauritius, but the main growth is coming from Tier II and Tier III, we have covered along with MTPA, 22-23 cities and we keep going. We recently completed four cities -Chandigarh, Nagpur, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata is fifth. In August September we will do Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. We are coming up with a new advertising campaign across print and digital and we did promotions in malls.
Travel And Tour World – Your comments on the latest shut down of Wow Air and issues with Jet Airways.
Vijaye Haulder: These are issues due to new technology however, the planes are safe but it takes time to mature. Boeing will fix it and have the grounded planes flying in no time.
Travel And Tour World – Which are the major places visited in Mauritius?
Vijaye Haulder: Mauritius is small country; it is only 1800 square kilometres, the size of Delhi. Getting from south to the north takes a maximum of 1 hr 15 minutes so everyone visits everywhere.
Travel And Tour World – What are the special cuisines and activities happening in Mauritius?
Vijaye Haulder: Table d’hote is popular which means table of the host, people are invited to small restaurants the food is made as per the local tradition and the host explain about the origin.
There are many things that attracts international participation here, Afrasia held in November-December where most of the golfers come from India, there is kite surfing competition and regatta . WTA will be held June and the Indian Ocean games will also happen in July.
Travel And Tour World – How is Mauritius as a wedding destination?
Vijaye Haulder: It is the preferred destination for Indian weddings, visa is not a problem and for most national it is free on arrival. Talking especially about Hindu wedding as Mauritius is primarily a Hindu country, we have the infrastructure to conduct all the rituals.
Travel And Tour World – Tell us about the heritage sites?
Vijaye Haulder: The two world heritage sites are Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis (it literally translates into immigration depot) and Le Morne Brabant (Morne means mountain).