The Republic of Mauritius sent a high-level government and tourism delegation to the United Arab Emirates this week (10–13 January 2021) as part of a week-long promotional and business development mission to position Mauritius as the preferred destination and partner for UAE travel agents, tourism industry partners, and leisure-seeking residents.

Led by the Honourable Louis Steven Obeegadoo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, and supported by H.E Showkutally Soodhun, Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to the UAE, as well as Mr. Arvind Bundhun, Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), the delegation included 25 tour operators and hospitality representatives from Mauritius eager to reconnect with the UAE’s leading travel agents, and grow visitation from the UAE and Gulf region to Mauritius.

The team leaders met with Dubai and UAE government officials, private companies, and airline executives to enhance existing alliances and explore new opportunities that would help to position Mauritius as a safe, exciting, and revitalizing destination for all Gulf residents.

The Honourable Louis Steven Obeegadoo speaking at a tourism workshop, addressed the steps taken by the Mauritius government to contain the effects of the pandemic, and ensure ongoing public safety and confidence for travel to Mauritius for both travellers and locals alike. Additionally, he praised Dubai on how well it is hosting EXPO 2020 during this tumultuous time.

The promotional week came to a close with a gala event for over 100 media representatives and social media influencers to learn more about Mauritius’ attractions as an exquisite paradise waiting to be loved and explored.

Speaking at a tourism workshop, the Honourable Louis Steven Obeegadoo highlighted the actions taken by the Mauritius government to contain the pandemic’s effects and assure continuous public safety and confidence in travel to Mauritius for both tourists and locals. He also complimented Dubai on how effectively it is holding EXPO 2020 amid this challenging time.

The tourism delegation met and educated more than 180 agents and tour operators from the UAE and Saudi Arabia for the creation of new holiday packages to Mauritius that are specifically tailored to the needs of UAE and Saudi travellers while the deputy prime minister and accompanying dignitaries explored strategic partnerships and investment opportunities with global aviation and tourism players.

Mr. Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, commented on the visit: “We are extremely pleased to visit the United Arab Emirates and reconnect with our industry partners. The number of Mauritius partners and level of seniority present on this mission is indicative of the commitment and level of importance this market holds for us. The UAE and Gulf region have become key strategic markets for Mauritius, as we diversify our visitor mix.”

– India’s new age travel digital media


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