Mauritius | Finances

October 19, 2012

Tourism: The War Of Figures

While hoteliers moan as the number of tourist arrivals stagnated, the Government asserts that the sector's revenues saw an increase.

On the one hand, the Minister of Tourism considers the situation "under control" and not "dramatic." And other professionals in the tourism sector show some skepticism.

Being relegated to the background statistics for tourist arrivals, who know a timid growth of 0.2% for the first nine months of the year, the Minister shall attention to revenue. They jumped 7.6% to Rs 29.5 billion from January to September.

But, hoteliers are gray mine. Their boxes do not really reflect this trend. Then, if some manage to fill their hotels, it is often because they have had to revise their prices downwards. The question that is often asked is: where all that money goes? To this person was unable to provide a correct answer, not even the Minister Sik Yuen.

Last Thursday, it was still asserting that "the tourists who flock bring more foreign exchange to the country." For hoteliers, it is too simplistic an answer because it does not reflect the reality on the ground.

"When you know the rates that are charged in the hotels at this time and the difficulty with which we manage to fill them, you wonder how they can increase revenue as much? "Says marketing director of one of the market leaders.

Which joined the opinion already expressed by Malenn Oodiah, communication director of New Mauritius Hotels, when he was asked about the increase in revenues in the sector, while arrivals experiencing the opposite trend. "It is a paradox that I can not explain, like a lot of people. We include revenues that are not strictly those of the sector? Regarding the outlook for the full year 2012, I see besides the expected fall in arrivals, we announced a similar decline as income. Organizations responsible for these figures surely explanations. '

Couacaud Herbert, CEO of New Mauritius Hotels, has also deplored the fact that Mauritius has been transformed into "discount destination" and that too many hoteliers have chosen the ease of price wars, to face increased competition because of the crisis, and the imbalance between supply and demand hospitality.

How to explain this phenomenon in a flea market where official figures very substantial increase in income? This, while even the Governor of the Bank of Mauritius, Manou Bheenick, has a press conference on September 25, criticized the hospitality industry for the crisis that affects it. "The tourism sector must do his mea culpa. The decline in tourist arrivals is due to poor marketing strategies and promotion. There are many things to review in the area, "he said.

The other strangeness occurs when some attribute a decline in arrivals to the global economic crisis, while the number of international tourists has increased by 5% from January to June All regions of the world have recorded increases compared to arrivals. Africa, for example, has increased by 7%.

But there is however a positive element. In September, the numbers are out of the red in terms of arrivals with a growth of 2.3%. But it is still too early to talk about the crisis.

Construction – Place for Mauritians

The government will gradually replace foreign workers by Mauritians in the construction sector. This was said Labour Minister Shakeel Mohamed, at the opening of a job fair for the construction industry Tuesday at Roche-Bois.

"Mauritius is undergoing significant development and it is not possible that the son of the soil are deprived of employment in the construction sector. Enough is enough! Countries such as Canada, among others, recruiting Mauritians for various jobs, including construction, how is it that they are shunned by employers in their own country? "Asked the minister. The answer is simple, he said. Mauritian companies prefer foreign workers because it is cheaper. "There are too many foreign workers in this sector," he said.

He criticized employers who think only profits but complain when it comes to give a decent wage to their employees.

The minister promised that the government will launch a comprehensive training program for Mauritians so that they find employment in various sectors. "We started with the construction, others will follow," he pointed out.

Shakeel Mohamed announced very soon, the amendments to the Employment Relations Act and the Employment Rights Act. The government put an end to abuse of contract labor.

 

 

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