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Mauritius At a glance


Weds & hons 48 What to recommend


In the know 52


Hotels picked to suit a range of tastes and interests


Cost of luxury 54


Three of the best packages that span the luxury price spectrum


In person 56 Action-packed adventures


Pulling power


With a ban on new hotels and a focus on attractions away from the fly-and-flop image of the island, news of Mauritius will all be about diverse activities and renovations,


rather than beach bounty and new-build bling author: April Hutchinson


M


auritius has long


been known as a place for luxury holidays, idyllic beach getaways and weddings and honeymoons, but there is so much more to the island – and it’s a message that the government is keen to get across. The appointment of a new tourism minister at the end of October already seems to be having a strong impact to this end, with a change in strategy focused on looking at tourism with renewed vigour and growing global interest in this island of 1.2 million people. It helps that the new minister, Xavier-Luc Duval, is also the deputy prime minister –“if tourism goes well, then everything goes well” seems to be the new mantra. “On a basic level, there is an increasing need


to strengthen the identity of the destination giving it a sense of place in the global market,” the minister has stated. “So often, I think our country has been misrepresented singularly as just being a beach destination. But instead we need to be positioning Mauritius as the must-experience destination.”


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