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Sub-Saharan Africa: Business Events Made Easy: Mauritius


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A paradise for divers, coastal walks, and incredible natural wonders, Mauritius is an extraordinary destination for staging an event. Not only is its tranquillity and luxury ideal for small to mid-sized conferences and exhibitions off the beaten track, but its tourism attractions make it a perfect incentive getaway, too. According to Nadia Steenkamp, Sales Manager at Mauritius Incentive Connection (MIC), the island atmosphere is a quintessential combination of beach and work. “Hotels with excellent conference facilities situated at the beach, creates the right environment to work and relax afterwards,” she explains. “Quality of facilities, high level services and the local hospitality make the whole difference, all at excellent value for money.” An added bonus for South Africans is that it’s a short haul destination with free visa entry. 

Although it is renowned worldwide as an FIT destination, Mauritius’ governing bodies have placed a focus on developing the meetings, incentives, conferencing, and exhibition sectors in the last decade. These include travel infrastructure, organised shopping areas, and connectivity in all hotels and in some public spaces. 

“In our MIC portfolio, we have Westin, St Regis, Intercontinental, Le Meridien, Outrigger, Hilton, all international brands which offer first class conference facilities, depending on the requirements. Our hotels have board rooms for top executive meetings to ballrooms for up 600 delegates for conference purposes,” says Steenkamp. “The Mauritius’ MICE industry is a booming segment. Besides being a safe destination, the island offers value for money. For the South African MICE market, we have noticed a real growth in interest for Mauritius in 2017. MICE clients remain price sensitive – the need to be competitive is very important. Clients do shop for the best deal. There is also a trend for shorter lead time for response and travel.”

Some of the most recent events that have taken place on Mauritius include the International Council for Commercial Arbitration congress, IEEE EmergiTech 2016, and the Africa Partnership Conference last year. 2017 saw the African Business and Social Responsibility Forum in February, the launch of the AU’s African Economic Platform in March, and the Mauritius CIO Summit in August. On 30 November the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open takes place. 

Key Venues

The St Regis Mauritius Resort 

The St Regis Mauritius Resort is home to two intimate meeting rooms and a romantic ballroom, which opens onto a majestic outdoor terrace. The largest meeting space covers 222 sqaure metres and holds a plenary of 180. www.stregismauritius.com 

Le Méridien Ile Maurice 

An ideal venue for conferences, Le Méridien Ile Maurice has a range of meeting rooms, including a large ballroom accommodating up to 550, and over 25,000 square metres of gardens that can be transformed into event venues. www.lemeridien-mauritius.com 

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius offers four meeting rooms that are bright, airy, and easily customisable. The large ballroom accommodates up to 200 guests and can be divided into two conference areas. www.westinturtlebaymauritius.com 

Sugar Beach Resort

Sugar Beach Resort has an extremely versatile facility for easy access and a conference room that can be sub-divided into three. An adjoining veranda and an open terrace is ideal for tea breaks. The resort can host up to 350 cinema style. www.sugarbeachresort.com 

Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort

Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort offers luxury services and venues of up to 110 square metres for your conferences, meetings and incentives. It is ideal for teambuilding and workshops, and has a choice of 5 restaurants offering varying dining experiences. www.longbeachmauritius.com 

La Pirogue Resort & Spa

La Pirogue Resort & Spa provides fully equipped conference rooms of 250 square metres and 315 square metres. Its largest plenary is 225 cinema-style and offers equipment such as stationary, printers, PA system and projector free of charge to conference planners. www.lapirogue.com 

Ambre Resort & Spa

Ambre Resort & Spa provides professional event management services and modern venues for conferences and events. It has up to 140 square metres of function room, a dedicated event planner for each group, and Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity. www.ambremauritius.com 

Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

The historic Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort is located in the nature preserve of Bel Ombre. It is ideal for executive conferences and incentives, with the new Crystal Marquee hosting up to 250 guests. Outrigger can accommodate 85 in the largest of its 5 rooms. www.outrigger.com 

Incentive Travel 

Mauritius has a host of incentive programmes to explore. According to Nadia Steenkamp of MIC, the most popular attractions remain the catamaran cruise, shopping at the local market, fun drives, and sightseeing tours. “We offer the most requested programme with the MIC twist, thus ensuring we have the WOW element exceeding expectations,” she explains. “We always discuss the group profile with our client to ensure that we understand the needs and demands of the group. It’s just as important to know what their past experience entails. This helps us deliver programmes which will touch the emotions of people and remain a memory forever.”

Climate

Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate, with moderate temperatures throughout the year. The most pleasant times to visit are from April to June, and between September and December. 

Access

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the main airport for the islands, located 48km southeast of the capital of Port Louis. Airlines flying to Mauritius include: 

  • Emirates 
  • Air India
  • Meridiana 
  • Air France
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • SWISS Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudia
  • Kenya Airways 
  • South African Airways
  • eurowings
  • Singapore Airlines
  • China Eastern

​Currency and Exchange Rate

Mauritian Rupee (MUR) South African Rand (ZAR) Us Dollar (USD) Euro (EUR) Chinese Yuan
(CNY)
100 40.71 3.01 2.52 20.11

Contacts

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
Head Office: Port Louis
Tel: +230 203 1900
Web: www.tourism-mauritius.mu 

South African Offices: Mr Alan Rabinowitz
Tel: +27 11 506 7305
Email: alanrab@meropa.co.za 

Mauritius Board of Investment
Head Office: Port Louis
Tel: +230 203 3800
Email: contact@investmauritius.com
Web: www.investmauritius.com 

 


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