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The tourism industry in Mauritius is preparing for a strong comeback. Tour companies have solid plans in place once the travel restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic foisted have been eased. Holiday bookings continued to be accepted online at travel operators’ websites, including stays in some Mauritius real estate developments integrated with tourism facilities.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) disclosed this positive stance of the local travel trade in a statement last April. The MTPA also drummed up its online marketing promotion campaign, inviting netizens to post on social media photos of themselves at home simulating their very own Mauritius experience. The MTPA will pick three winners who will each receive a free trip to the country.
Prospects indeed look promising for Mauritian tourism to regain traction later this year. Moving towards mid-May, Mauritius appeared free from COVID-19. Health authorities recorded no infections from the virus for eight straight days of testing. The listed cases have also fully recovered. This remarkable performance in containing the virus owes much to the stringent safety and hygiene measures that the government has adopted.
A government timetable on the gradual resumption of economic activities augurs well for the country preparing to welcome tourists back. The government has staggered the reopening of local businesses from May 1. It has allowed more business operations, like bars and shopping centres, allowed to operate after the June 1 lifting of the nationwide curfew. Significantly, Air France has also announced plans to resume flights to Mauritius and other African destinations from June 15.
The tourism comeback in the country can also draw steam from several completed Mauritius real estate projects that integrate tourist facilities with private residences. The government’s Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) has made this mix possible. Real estate developers notably have some 12 IRS projects either completed or construction well underway.
These developments are notably open to foreign investors, and they, as residential owners, can rent out their property. IRS developments are located in Mauritian travel hot spots and provide world-class amenities that appeal to tourists.
Mont Choisy Le Parc is one iconic IRS development that truly helped strengthen tourism in the country. This project of 2Futures won the 2017/18 African International Property Awards (IPA). It features a golf course and a beach club to add momentum to the comeback of tourism in Mauritius.