2008 News Archive - Holidays - Mauritius to invest in tourism Â
22 12 2008
The finance minister of Mauritius has announced that his government will be investing heavily in the islands tourism industry as part of an economic stimulus package designed to steer the country through the credit crunch.
Ramakrishna Sithanen unveiled the Rs 10.4 billion (£210 million) package, which is designed to help the island avoid a recession, on Saturday.
The investment package targets the crucial textile and tourism industries, which could mean the countrys already impressive tourist facilities become even more highly developed.
Mauritius, with its tropical climate, sandy beaches and crystal clear Indian Ocean waters, looks set to remain an attractive destination for tourists even during the global economic downturn.
According to Reuters, the numbers of tourists flocking to the country next year is expected to grow, albeit at a slightly slower rate.
The island welcomed nearly 800,000 tourists in 2008, one of whom was Martina Navratilova, the nine times Wimbledon champion who was recently a finalist on Im A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!