Mau­ri­tius

Is with­out doubt the per­fect spot for the in­quis­i­tive busi­ness trav­eller, pro­vid­ing an end­less ar­ray of sur­prises with every turn

Mauritius Business Travel Guide - - Front Page - Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Man­ager: Ryan Gray

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.

PHOTO: LY HOANG LONG

PHOTO: LY HOANG LONG

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