Specttrum News (Kulbir Singh Kalsi)Out of total tourists' traffic from India, 40 per cent constitutes visitors from northern parts of India. This is the reason why Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) is really keen to tap the tourism potential of Northern states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi & Rajasthan,” said Mr Vijaye Haulder- Deputy Director, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.


Mauritius is proud to be a part of North India’s Biggest Tourism Extravaganza- CII tourism Fest, said Vivek Anand, Country Manager MTPA India, adding “We are anticipating about 60,000 tourists from India to visit Mauritius in 2014 as against 58,000 tourists visited last year."


Mr Haulder was addressing a Roadshow organized by MTPA and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Chandigarh today. The roadshow witnessed presence of more than 100 buyers form Tricity region.

 

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority is conducting a 4 city Roadshow from 25th -30th August, 2014 in Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. With approximately 30 stakeholders, such as Air Mauritius, Hotels, DMC’s and activity companies participating in this event MTPA aims to create a platform where the Indian travel trade partners can interact with the stakeholders and learn more and understand the
destination better. 

 

Talking about Mauritius's participation in CII Tourism Fest 2014, Mr Haulder said, “We are really excited to be a part of North India’s biggest Tourism extravaganza-CII Tourism Fest from 5th to 7th December 2014. With participation from countries like China, Abu Dhabi, Kenya, Thailand, Taiwan, it will be an ideal platform for tourism and hospitality fraternity to explore business opportunities."


The unique event would immensely benefit the holidaying population of the region to reach out to the new destinations of the world.

 

Highlighting the innovative submarine & sub scooter rides deep under oceans, Mr Dawood Jawahir, Commercial Manager, Tropical Submarines Safari Ltd, said, “Experience a unique and spectacular way of diving – without ever getting wet – on-board a real submarine. Comfortably seated in an air-conditioned cabin under atmospheric pressure, one can discover the magic of Mauritius’ vibrant marine and coral life at depths of 35 metres under the sea."


Over the course of your 45 minute journey, one can visit the ship-wrecked ‘Star Hope’, corals and a 17th Century anchor. A fabulous experience, the Blue Safari Submarine is open to everyone from the ages of two to 77. 

 

“Nowhere else in the world can one experience an hour and a half lunch for two at such depths. Also, enjoy the thrill of piloting your own underwater sub-scooter three metres beneath the sea’s surface. During this 35 minute experience, individuals or couples will be accompanied on their scooter by qualified scuba divers, thus ensuring they are in safe hands to witness Mauritius’ marine fauna and flora from the large, transparent panoramic cupola that rests on their bike,” he added.

 

Giving information about MICE tourism Vivek Anand, Country Manager MTPA India, “Mauritius has an advantage over other MICE destinations in the Indian Ocean in that it houses the region’s largest and most modern convention centre: the Swami Vivekananda Conference Centre in Pailles. Also, the MTPA offers various incentives like cash return upto 2 Lac, Extra luggage upto 7kgs (Air Mauritius), fast-track immigration, special welcome with Sega dance, Helicopter sightseeing visits, ‘heli-lunches’ or ‘heli-golf’ excursions at preferential group rates for MICE travellers.”

 

“When it comes to Destination weddings, Mauritius offers heaven-like backdrops with its crystal clear water, sands, reefs and unmatched French architecture. We also offer duty-free import & export of jewelry for weddings,” he added.