June 30, 2011
Mauritius will unveil the flight to Shanghai via Kuala Lampur on July 5
The minister of Tourism and Leisure, Nando Bodha, hopes to sell the Indian Ocean and eastern Africa to Chinese tourists in a package including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
The minister of Tourism and Leisure, Nando Bodha, hopes to sell the Indian Ocean and eastern Africa to Chinese tourists in a package including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Bodha believes that this will lead to a new influx of tourists. He added that everything has been done to ensure the success of its new flight to Shanghai, which is already fully booked. Mauritius will unveil this flight to Shanghai via Kuala Lampur on July 5.
A high profile function with key Chinese dignitaries and media will be held on the same day. On July 6, a meeting with trade professionals is scheduled.
The minister also called for more efforts from South Africa to provide better cooperation to complement the product in the Indian Ocean, Latin American and eastern African regions. “We need to develop a Brazil-eastern Africa-Indian Ocean package,” said Bodha.
Moreover, French authorities have developed a new formula to allow Indian, Chinese, Russian and South African tourists to have access to Reunion Island via Mauritius.
A first group of South Africans has already travelled from Mauritius to Reunion and back.
The flights were booked and a three-day stay was scheduled. The minister was speaking at a conference aimed at promoting the aesthetic beauty of the southern part of the island, especially Bel Ombre.