Is without doubt the perfect spot for the inquisitive business traveller, providing an endless array of surprises with every turn
There is far more than meets the eye when it comes to Mauritius’ offerings to the eager business traveller. Of course there is the extensive beauty seen wherever you look; but delve beneath the surface and you’ll find a plethora of intriguing activities to take up your spare time.
Perhaps offering up the most relaxing business trip you can find, Mauritius’ beaches are renowned for the piercing blues which will undoubtedly leave you speechless. However, look just beyond and you will discover the islands wildlife which will capture your imagination and leave you wanting more time to explore.
Located just east of Madagascar, Mauritius only has two seasons for you to consider when travelling - summer and winter - with very little change to differentiate the two; taking into account that during your business hours, the central plateau will be cooler than time spent on the more coastal areas.
If you are a keen wildlife connoisseur, the wildlife tourism sector of Mauritius is gaining popularity; having saved more birds than any other country on the planet, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. As a result, when you make your way down to the shores of this beautiful island, you will be treated to two of the loveliest birds in the Indian Ocean - the pink pigeon and Mauritian kestrel.
Of course it is not just the natural sights you should relish in during your time there, with the food on offer standing out as an experience in itself. Mauritius is gaining a long list of accolades for its excellence in food and fine-dining offerings, providing something to suit the tastes of everyone; it is most definitely an experience not to be missed.
Mauritius will provide the perfect back-drop for your business trip and with the help of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s exclusive interview in this month’s travel guide, you won’t be short of ideas when it comes to down time.
AS YOU WOULD expect for an area of such beauty, the tourism industry in Mauritius is booming, contributing 7.8 percent to GDP and providing one of the fastest growing sectors after the financial services industry. As a major tourist destination - ranking 3rd in the region and 56th globally, the island is growing in popularity as a hot-spot for tourists, but also excitingly for business opportunities.
In order to continue on with this upwards trajectory for the sector, Mauritius is working hard to promote Mauritius as an all-year-round destination for people to enjoy - perfect for the business travel sector. The island provides the perfect backdrop, with just the right balance of business and pleasure available, including gold, sports and eco-tourism, among many other activities to suit all tastes.
Mauritius is making its way up the ranks as one of the best places to do business, having recently been ranked 32nd by the World Bank as one of the easiest places to do business out of 189 economies; both strategically placed as the perfect platform for investment into India and a gateway for investment into Africa.
The market is particularly stable for business operations, with political stability playing a major factor, as well as its secure investment location and the availability of legal, accounting and finance professionals.
Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has come a long way, developing itself from a low income, agriculturally based economy to a particularly diversified economy built upon tourism, textiles, sugar and impressive financial services. Alongside those larger sectors, recent years have seen a rise in information and communications technology, hospitality, healthcare, renewable energy and education, making it the perfect diversified base for business travel.