From next week, the Tourism Authority will launch a public advertisement 'to hire a consultant. This last task will be to develop a classification system for hotels. "The criteria of hotel classification system has already been established. The consultant will just complete and implement the system, "says Niven Mooneesamy, director of the Tourism Authority.
This system, he announced, will be operational by October. "The hotel will then register. A committee will be set up to visit and evaluate each hotel. The new hotel classification - where hotels will in which category they fall - should be available in January 2014, "says our interlocutor. The hotels that will not be satisfied with the classification may appeal from an Appeal System, which will be set up for this purpose.
Ramsamy Sen, director of hospitality and tourism department at KPMG and former director of the AHRIM, said he was delighted that the Tourism Authority has taken charge of this case. "Things are finally moving in the right direction. I hope the Tourism Authority succeed in this task rightful and I can only wish them good luck, "he says while adding that the Tourism Authority must, however, have" structure "and" trained techniquemen "to this classification in the" appropriate legal framework. "
In the hotel sector, welcomed the news. "The last classification established by the MTPA (see text below), gave rise to a lot of challenges. Today, we note that the normal procedures are finally being followed, "says a trader.
Asked for a reaction, Robert Desvaux MTPA former president, says that the tour operators "were already familiar with the classification Maurice offered them." "Maurice can not go back to it if we want to play in the big leagues. It is imperative that we have a classification to reassure our customers that offers benefits the country, "he says.
Proposal for a classification of Vanilla Islands
Ramsamy Sen gave a presentation on the implementation of a system of hotel classification of Madagascar during the Tourism Fair in Grand Island. He has also made a proposal that there is one system for all the islands of the Indian Ocean as part of the Vanilla Islands. A proposal has been welcomed by Alain St Ange, the president of Vanilla Islands.
The hotel classification in 5 dates
The hotel classification is part of the budgetary measures that were announced in the National Assembly.
The Ministry of Tourism, Michael Sik Yuen, uses Ramsamy Sen - the latter has a background in hospitality classification of the World Tourism Organization in Madrid - to set up a hotel classification system based on international standards. He accepted the challenge and took the head of a 'Steering Committee'. With his team, he establishes criteria with the participation of specialists from various hotel trades.
While the 'Steering Committee' continues its work, the MTPA make public a hotel classification for Mauritius. "I respect the decision of the MTPA, but I do not agree with the way they do. This classification was made hastily that was not working, "says Sen Ramsamy.
Sen Ramsamy submits its report to the Ministry of Tourism. A report that included criteria, recommendations, proposals for a legal framework and the setting up of an appeals mechanism for hoteliers who are not satisfied with the ranking. There is also talk of the establishment of an independent committee for awarding stars to hotels, among others. He even suggested that it is the Tourism Authority which is in charge of hotel classification.
The Tourism Authority is trying to follow the recommendations of the 'Steering Committee' chaired by Sen. Ramsamy. Moreover, it will be based on the criteria of this committee to implement this hotel classification.