Preserving Our Beaches

Preserving Our Beaches

Our beaches are vitally important to our tourism industry and our way of life, yet many of us know little about them. How are beaches formed? Why are they disappearing? We attempt to answer these questions and propose solutions to help them recover.

MTPA Outsourcing

MTPA Outsourcing

We were somewhat surprised to discover that Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) has become a two-way street for Mauritius. Not only are European call centre jobs coming to our shores but the work of the Mauritian Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) is being outsourced...
Bagatelle – a thing of little importance

Bagatelle – a thing of little importance

But not according to Prime Minister Ramgoolam. To him, the new commercial centre represents another reason for holiday-makers to visit our shores: shopping tourism. We do not share his optimism. So who will come shopping here? Wealthy Europeans? Why should they when...
Pyrrhic victory

Pyrrhic victory

Finally, the Ministry of Agriculture has ended the lease of Flat Island to Discover Mauritius, a Government owned company that had unlawfully sublet the island to Patrick Fanchette, owner of the hotel 20 Degrees Sud and friend of ex-minister of tourism Xavier Duval....
Tourism: Sounding the alarm

Tourism: Sounding the alarm

Are hotel operators finally beginning to question the wisdom of the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 2 million visitors per year? As reported in the press yesterday, Beachcomber is warning against the industrialisation of the sector. Mauritius has always benefited...

Update: Flat Island

At the end of July 2010 we sent a letter to the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security detailing our concerns about breaches of the contract for Flat Island as highlighted by the Director of Audit (details here). At the end of September we produced the video...