Mauritius is an island of approximately 1865 square kilometres with 330 kms of coastline and almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The land gently rises to a central plateau which is about 600 metres above sea level.
Mauritius presents a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. It’s very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know what to do next in Mauritius. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Mauritius is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands (Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues), but with a bit of effort and resourcefulness you can escape the crowds and find your own patch. The smells, noises and bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis, Africa’s wealthiest city, are never far away, while the busy garment markets in the Central Plateau towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe and Black River Gorges National Park’s dramatic virgin forests give the lie to Mauritius being just another beach destination. But what beaches! From the stunning sand-rimmed lagoons and popular wide public beaches to the picturesque islands off the country’s coastline, there’s truly something for everyone here. Add to this the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the rousing beat of séga music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you soon understand why Mauritius really is so many people’s idea of paradise on earth.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Mauritius is a destination for just the wealthy , with the growing trend in the “do it yourself “ tourism market Mauritius can provide the ideal holiday destination for many, not just the rich and famous.
Mauritius has managed to keep a balance between internal development and modernisation whilst retaining its cultural heritage and with a network of airline routes from many countries Mauritius presents an ideal tourist destination for the modern traveller.
The local economy
Mauritius still has a thriving agricultural, Tourism and textile industry but in recent years the Country has diversified into new industries such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and banking.
Mauritius aspires to become:
- a thriving, a competitive and modern society, where the population enjoys a high standard of living.
- the region’s leading centre for international financial services, including banking, insurance and other consultancy services.
- a liberal and well-regulated Cyber Island with state-of-art Information Technology infrastructure and a supporting physical and social infrastructure. Future projects: a network of mass transit system, jobs nearer to residence.
- an essential node in the variety of international and regional network flows allowing Mauritius to create its niche in international profit bearing flows.
- a centre of excellence in education and health.
- an ecologically well-balanced economy ensuring that higher growth is environmentally sustainable.
The island’s membership of several regional groupings such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) positions Mauritius as a key interface between Asia and Southern and Eastern Africa.
An attractive blend of advantages is offered to international investors. These include: political stability, pleasant and peaceful living conditions, efficient telecommunications, pool of qualified professionals conversant in English and French, Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements, International Stock Exchange, Freeport activities and the absence of exchange controls.