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Starwood to debut Westin Hotels & Resorts Brand in Mauritius

Starwood to debut Westin Hotels & Resorts Brand in Mauritius

The Westin Turtle Bay resort and spa is set to open in Mauritius in spring 2014, with a pristine beachfront location in the historic Turtle Bay of on the North West coast of Mauritius. (Image: Starwood Media Centre)

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which currently operates the St Regis Mauritius and Le Méridien Ile Maurice in the island economy, announced yesterday that it will bring the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in Mauritius in spring 2014.

Owned by Blue Ocean Park Ltd, the Westin Turtle Bay resort and spa will enjoy a pristine beachfront location in the historic Turtle Bay of on the North West coast of Mauritius, offering a ringside view of the Indian Ocean.

Michael Wale, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East, expressed his gratitude to their long-standing partner Blue Ocean Park for putting their trust in Starwood as it debuts the Westin brand in Mauritius.

He noted that Mauritius is known to be a melting pot of the past and present, and its natural beauty and stunning landscapes provide an oasis of peace and tranquility for today’s busy traveller.

Ashok Uttamchandani, owner of Blue Ocean Park, also expressed his delight at expanding the company’s partnership with Starwood to introduce the Westin brand, adding that the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa will offer visitors a unique wellness experience in one of the most beautiful locations in Mauritius.

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius will stretch across nearly 340 square meters, surrounded by lush tropical gardens amid a backdrop of sugarcane fields and mountains. The hotel will also feature 190 rooms, including 38 suites.

The resort will also offer five dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant, two specialty restaurants, a pool restaurant and bar, as well as a lobby lounge.

Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East noted that the signing of the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius further underscores Starwood’s commitment to growing its portfolio across all of their nine brands in Africa.

Resort-led hospitality is a significant source of revenues in the island economy where the tourism industry is widely considered the third pillar of the island economy after the EPZ (Export Processing Zone) manufacturing sector and agriculture. It has contributed significantly to economic growth and has been a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius.

However, a recent drop in hotel occupancy rates following a lackluster interest from recession-hit Europe has slowed down the sector. The problem is further compounded by an increase in room capacity whilst air seat capacity from some major tourist-source markets has not increased proportionately.

Accordingly, the sector revenues have dipped, with gross tourism receipts for the first nine months of 2013 being estimated by the Bank of Mauritius at Rs 29,105 million, down 8.9% compared to Rs 31,954 million for the year-ago period.

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