Outbound Travel

Mauritius to target 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017

MUMBAI

Mauritius is fast becoming a popular destination for Indian tourists with 72,145 visiting the island nation in calendar year 2015. The figure also represents a growth of 18% year on year over 2014. The island has now set its eyes on getting 100,000 Indian tourists in 2016.

“We have  set a target to achieve 100,000 Indian tourists by 2017,” Robin Ramhit, Destination Marketing Executive, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) told TravelBiz Monitor on the sidelines of OTM travel summit in Mumbai.

MTPA is also planning to introduce a joint packages that cub Mauritius with Singapore for travellers from India. “On returning from Mauritius, Indians can visit Singapore for shopping. They currently take a stop over at Dubai. We have a tie-up with Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport.” Ramhit said adding that the details of the package are being finalised. Rum and museum tours are two of the other new products that MTPA is planning to introduce to Indian travellers.

Further, the island also wants to position itself as a MICE destination. Ramhit mentioned that India is a popular honeymoon destination for Indians as present but he would like to get a more varied Indian traveler set to visit the country.

At present, most Indians travel to Mauritius our of Mumbai as it offers better connectivity. Indians spend on an average of six nights in Mauritius.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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