Tourism sector targets 5% growth in 2015: Mauritius tourism minister
Michael Sik Yuen elaborated the measures taken by his Ministry to increase air access and for diversifying the market across the segments of honeymoon, sports and conference travelers. (Image: The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
Mauritius tourism minister Michael Sik Yuen made an appeal to all stakeholders to cooperate towards strengthening the island’s image as a tourist destination and aim for a growth rate of 5% in the tourism sector for 2015.
The tourism sector was the focus of a consultative meeting held on Tuesday July 15, 2014, in the capital city of Port Louis under the chairmanship of the minister.
Mauritius Financial Secretary Dev Manraj and representatives of all stakeholders of the tourism sector were also present at the meeting, held in the context of Budget 2015 preparations.
The objective behind the meeting was to come up with an action plan to boost the travel trade over the coming years.
Accordingly, discussions were centered on action plans geared towards improving growth in the tourism sector with emphasis on tapping new destination markets, encouraging greater tourist arrivals, improving air services and, finally, filling up hotels in low season.
The tourism minister elaborated the measures taken by his Ministry to increase air access and for diversifying the market across the segments of honeymoon, sports and conference travelers.
This consultative meeting follows an announcement made by the Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, on June 27, 2014, at the annual dinner of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
“Mauritius needs to bring reforms and consolidate various sectors of the economy, including financial services, and to move to a new threshold of development,” he noted.
This meeting was accordingly the fourth in a series of consultative meetings after that of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector, financial services sector and the manufacturing sector, for incorporation of inputs in the forthcoming budget.