Mauritius isn’t just a holiday paradise in the Indian Ocean, it’s also a good example of positive development that serves as a role model to other African countries. Five decades on from the country’s independence in 1968, Mauritius is a flourishing democracy with an independent legal system and, thanks to its stability, an economic success. Tourism has made an important contribution to this stability and TUI has been a close partner since the very beginning.
Everyone benefits from tourism
»Tourism in Mauritius is undeniably an important pillar of the economy. Thanks to the travel industry, my country is globally visible. We connect with other countries not only economically, but also culturally. Our cultural diver- sity is a major asset for our tourism industry. As we welcome more and more guests to visit us, the tourism sector is focussing on diversification. We also offer cultural, eco and medical tourism. One important aspect is that tourism is only sustainable if all parties benefit. Part of the tourism revenue is used for enhancing social welfare in the communities. In that way, large investments such as those of the TUI Group will help all Mauritians to benefit from tourism and increase visibility.«
H. E. Prof. Dr. Kheswar Jankee,
Ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius in Germany
An economic success story – facilitated by tourism
The country’s economy is benefiting from a stable economic framework. Mauritius has the third highest gross domestic product (GDP) of all the nations on the African continent at almost USD 10,000 per capita. The expanding tourism industry is part of this success story. Between 2012 and 2016 alone the number of tourists visiting Mauritius every year increased by around one-third to almost 1.3 million. French tourists are the most frequent visitors and they account for 20 percent of the total tourism headcount. Mauritius is also becoming increasingly popular with German tourists. The number of German holidaymakers visiting the island state rose from 40,000 in 2015 to 72,000 in 2016. Its inhabitants are benefitting considerably from this positive trend. Tourism now accounts for one in four jobs, providing a living for around 135,000 people and their families.
The TUI Group has played a key role as development partner to the island state. TUI company RIU implemented extensive renovation projects at two hotels on the south-western part of Mauritius and reopened them in 2015. The new RIU resorts are at the foot of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Le Morne mountain. They are located in a nature reserve, so RIU liaised closely with the local authorities on all the construction activities. Traditional thatched sugar cane was used for the roofs and RIU also uses local suppliers. The company employs 400 staff all year round in the hotels. Most are islanders, and a number of the Mauritian employees hold management positions. TUI has also invested in north Mauritius, where it has opened the TUI Sensimar concept hotel.
There are other ways in which TUI Contributes to growth:
- Tour operators: The travel company works closely with around 100 local hotels, supporting many family-run businesses and SMEs.
- Flights: TUI airlines fly twice a week on average from European cities to Mauritius.
- Cruises: The ships operated by TUI’s subsidiary Hapag Lloyd Cruises will be dropping anchor at the island several times in 2018. MS Europa and MS Europa 2 also call in to Port Louis on their Indian Ocean cruises.