Mauritius: Tourism is the third pillar of the economy, contributes significantly to economic growth and has been a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius.

Tourism is the third pillar of the Mauritian economy and contributes significantly to economic growth and has been a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius. A Tourism Development Plan was prepared in 2000 setting the objective of Mauritius acquiring a ‘Green Destination’ status by 2020.

This involves eliminating unsustainable environmental practices throughout the island, in hotels,businesses and the local community. The tourism industryi s also developing its own eco-label.

This eco-label will apply to the entire tourism industry including the hotel sector, pleasure craft, tourism operators, and tourist attractions management. The credibility and effectiveness of the label in attracting foreign tourists will be critical factors in determining its utility for the eco-entrepreneurs in the sector.

Mauritius is relying on tourism to remain a strong growth pillar of the economy in the medium-term.

A Tourism Sector Strategy to support growth has been developed that addresses policy issues, capacity building, marketing brand, quality of service, greater involvement of stakeholders and infrastructure upgrade.

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