Monthly Archive: October 2012

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Awards for Hotel Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius

The Hotel Constance Belle Mare Plage is part of the Constance Hotels Experience group which owns various properties in the Mascarene Archipelago. The Constance Belle Mare Plage lies on a two kilometre stretch of white, sandy beach; one of the most stunning on the east coast of Mauritius. There are a wide range of leisure facilities available, including two eighteen-hole championship golf courses which cater both for beginners and professionals. Set in fifteen hectares of lush, tropical garden and bordered by the coral lagoon, the resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Earlier this year (2011), it received the...






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Restoration of order at Île aux Cerfs Mauritius

Île aux Cerfs is a small island just off the east coast of Mauritius which has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It receives, on average, about one thousand visitors per day who travel in small boats from the mainland to experience the myriad pleasures of the islet. In particular, Île aux Cerfs is famous for its soft, white sand beaches, clear turquoise lagoon and a wide range of activities and facilities. These include several types of water sports, numerous restaurants and a five-star hotel with a world famous eighteen-hole golf course which boasts a breathtaking sea...






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Charles Darwin and the elephant in Mauritius

Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, spent about ten days in Mauritius at the tender age of twenty-two during his travels around the world. His ship, The Beagle, left Great Britain in December 1831 and, nearly four years later, made a stop over on the small, tropical island in the Indian Ocean before returning to Britain on the second of October 1836. Entries from his diary indicate Darwin’s overwhelmingly positive response to the island. From the ship, he appears to have been in raptures over the Mauritian vista, saying that brightly coloured island more than equalled the his expectations which...






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Mauritius and Mark Twain – the first American ship in Port Louis

Mauritius, for such a small land mass, has an astonishing amount of history contained within its sun-kissed borders. In 1786 it received its first American ship, the Grand Turk, which was under the command of Ebenezer West and William Vans and, in 1896, it played host to the eminent American writer, Mark Twain. The twelfth of April 1786 stands out in Mauritian naval history as the date on which Port Louis harbour first welcomed an American ship. In November 1784, the Grand Turk left America on a successful voyage to the Cape of Good Hope. Just over a year later,...






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World Island Awards Mauritius

Mauritius is now an official partner of the highly prestigious World Island Awards, an organisation with a steady, significant and long term impact on the international tourism sector. The most important aspect has been its lead in identifying quality customer experience by separating the good from the outstanding, identifying companies that consistently excel beyond expectation and taking customer expectations to a new, unparalleled high. The aim of these awards has been to encourage world-class competition, to stimulate innovation and creativity and to ensure that travellers receive exceptional value. The presentation of one of these awards is regarded as a considerable...






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Direct flights from Frankfurt and Geneva to Mauritius

Since October 2011 Air Mauritius launched a new flight direct to Frankfurt, while a further direct flight to Geneva is planned to depart every Saturday from the beginning of 2012. The schedule so far is confined to one direct flight a week to each destination, with flights to Frankfurt departing on Fridays and an additional flight to Munich which leaves on Wednesdays. The decision by Air Mauritius to include direct flights to Germany and Switzerland indicates a rise in the tourism market from the two countries. All three flights are on the Airbus Industrie A340-300 aeroplanes which are named after...






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Les Îles Vanille Mauritius Réunion Madagascar Seychelles

Les Îles Vanille, or the Vanilla Islands in English, consist of a number of islands in the Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Réunion, the Seychelles, Madagascar and the Comoros. Grouped together under the name ‘Les Îles Vanille’, these islands seek to develop tourism exchange between them, particularly with the emergence of the Vanilla Islands Cruising Circuit. To begin with, a marketing mix based on island pairs will be introduced, such as Mauritius- Réunion, Réunion-Madagascar, Madagascar-Seychelles, Mauritius-Seychelles, Réunion-Seychelles and Mauritius-Madagascar. The underlying concept for such a marketing strategy is accessibility, quality competitiveness and solidarity in order to promote and build up the cultural...






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Swiss Honeymoons in Mauritius

Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination for people the world over.  With year-round good weather, an outstanding hospitality industry and a vibrant culture, it is hardly surprising that so many couples choose to spend their first few weeks of married life soaking up the sun in this Indian Ocean paradise. In 2010 the Swiss tourism market in Mauritius grew to twenty-one percent, more than justifying the confidence shown in this sector by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. In 2011 the projected growth is thirty-six percent and this honeymoon segment will contribute strongly to the Mauritian economy. In practical terms, the...






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Mautourco and White Sand Tours

Last year, New Mauritius Hotels Ltd took over two major tour operator companies on the island: Mautourco and White Sand Tours. The main objectives of this merger between the two companies are to develop a synergistic relationship between Mautourco and White Sand Tours, to consolidate the gains of the two through healthy competition, to optimise their resources and to provide enhanced opportunities for customers of both companies. New Mauritius Hotels Ltd is itself a Mauritius-based company in the hospitality sector which own almost a quarter of the total number of hotel rooms in Mauritius. They are the largest, as well...






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Mauritius Flights to China

At the start of July 2011 Air Mauritius launched a new flight direct to Shanghai from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius. This has a potential impact not only on the traffic from Mauritius to China, but also on the tourism sector in Mauritius as it is now much easier for visitors from Asia to access the island. The new Airbus Industrie A330-200, named ‘Trochetia’ after the national endemic flower of the island, was launched in December 2007. Nearly two years later a second Airbus, named ‘Nénuphar’ after the famous aquatic plant which grows abundantly in the botanical...