Over the last three years, more and more tourists have landed in Mauritius, travelling all the way from China, country which is often tagged as an emerging economic superpower. In light of the new developments in the tourist industry, China authorities have decided that the China Southern Airlines would serve Mauritius.
It has been officially proclaimed that the very first flight of China Southern Airlines will land in Mauritius on the 28th of June, after the Mauritian government gave the green light to China after the latter submitted the application for the airline to serve Mauritius.
The Mauritian Minister of Tourism and Recreation, Michael Sik Yuen, the Deputy Chairman of China National Tourism Administration, Wang Zhifa, officers from the China Southern Airlines as well as other officials from the tourist industry had gathered together at a meeting held in Mauritius last month to discuss the opportunities opened to both countries.
During the meet-up, it was decided by the Chinese authorities that China Southern Airlines would include Mauritius as a destination in its flight schedules since the number of Chinese traveling to the island has considerably increased.
China Southern Airlines has thus become the first international airline to serve Mauritius and China. The local airline, Air Mauritius, has 8 flights scheduled per week to China. It will soon add another direct flight to Beijing.
During the last three years, it has been observed that the number of Chinese tourists travelling to Mauritius have reached new peaks: while 15 133 Chinese landed in Mauritius in 2011, 20 885 travelled to the island in 2012. 2013 witnessed an even greater increase: 41 913 tourists arrived from China. This has been made possible through the application of the diversification strategy. 2014 has even higher expectations: the aim has been fixed at 80 000 Chinese tourists.