The travel agency and the Mauritius Shipping Corporation pass the buck...

10 months, 1 week ago - August 10, 2023
False advertising of a cruise in Agaléga
The travel agency and the Mauritius Shipping Corporation pass the buck: The real false advertising of a cruise in Agaléga is a hit… and relaunches the controversy

Let the Mauritians calm down! A trip to Agalega is not for tomorrow. Nor the day after tomorrow! However, the advertisement of a travel agency in the capital, evoking the various options for a cruise to Agalega aboard the Mauritius Trochetia, has aroused great enthusiasm among the population. Many of them called the travel agency for a reservation. But they were quickly disenchanted. It is in fact a mistake, says one of the managers of the travel agency. She maintains that the ad comes from the Mauritius Shipping Corporation, which evokes an error by the travel agency.

It was too good to be true ! A cruise to Agaléga, from September 9 to 17 in tourist class, from Rs 21,500 per adult and in business class from Rs 22,800 per adult. There was enough to salivate! Especially since this package also includes accommodation for four nights with full board or half board as well as the plane ticket. The advertisement also specified that the prices could vary according to the category and the availability of the room.

This tempting offer has attracted many Mauritians. Among them, MP Eshan Juman who has wanted to meet his constituents for years. Because the Agaléens vote in constituency no. 3. But those concerned, by contacting the agency, learned that this advertisement was posted inadvertently. It certainly exists! But it is false.

Wanting to get the truth from the fake, we contacted the travel agency. One of the managers explained to us that it was the Mauritius Shipping Corporation that sent her this advertisement on Tuesday August 8th. She posted it, no questions asked. And without remembering that any movement on the island is almost impossible since the beginning of the construction works, by the Indian government, of a new airstrip and a jetty among others.

The manager admits having received several calls from Mauritians interested in such a trip. But a few hours later, the MSC called to acknowledge that it had made a mistake and to request the removal of the post.

We then turned to the MSC. But the organization returned the ball to the travel agency's court, claiming that it was the fault. Admittedly, the travel agency removed the ad from its Facebook page. But in the meantime, Internet users have had a field day.

In any case, this proves that Mauritians have the desire to go to Agalega and that if the Mauritius Shipping Corporation one day offers a cruise to Agalega, it only has to bring out the real false advertising. Guaranteed success

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