NEW DELHI,24.03.20-As Mauritius is going through its first day of national lock down, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) wanted to reassure its partners in the Tourism sector of its total support in this period of crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. In his message, MTPA Director Arvind Bundhun recalls about the importance of the sector in the Mauritian economy and the role played by the stakeholders of the industry in its development. “Tourism is a provider of about 100 000 direct and indirect jobs, yielding around 64 billion Rupees and contributing to 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Mauritius”.
He wanted to acknowledge “the operators who made courageous decisions and responded to the appeal of the country […] I want to thank the hotels that accepted to host people in quarantine as well as the operators who transported them; the air sector as a whole and Air Mauritius in particular which continues to ensure the operations so that our visitors can go back to their country”.

Arvind Bundhun also talked about the “solidarity that is prevailing among all the players of the industry” and the central government. He highlighted that the “minister of Finance has come with a series of support measures with the main objective to preserve jobs because the backbone of the Mauritius tourism sector is its human resources”. The Director of the MTPA is confident that the Mauritian destination will come out of this crisis stronger and announced that his team is already working with partners for “joint aggressive campaigns to increase the visibility of the destination, to remind that we are still a dream destination”. He ends his message with a word of support addressed to our regular visitors deprived from their favourite destination, hoping that they will be back soon.