London (10 November) – World Travel Market 2023 – an influential travel and tourism event for industry specialists, took place from 6 to 8 November 2023. The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) once again had a strong presence at the show with an impactful stand shared by 33 key supporting partners.
Partners included the national airline, Air Mauritius, leading hotels in Mauritius, a number of destination management companies (DMCs) and Tourism Associations. During the exhibition, stand sharers were able to host meetings with trade and media partners to discuss key issues for the destination and set the focus for the travel and tourism sector in 2024.
The Honourable, Deputy Prime Minister Louis Steven Obeegadoo accompanied by the Senior Chief Executive Mohammad Salim Joomun and Chairman of the MTPA, Donald Payen were in attendance to address representatives from key UK tour operators and conduct meetings with senior international media. The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister was also a speaker at the UNWTO’s Ministers summit hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The event was hosted by Ms Zeinab Badawi, Presenter & Documentary Film Maker, BBC World News in the presence of Julia Simpson, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization.
Over the three-day event, MTPA met with key tour operators to gather insights from the market, set targets for the upcoming seasons and devise joint marketing actions to stimulate bookings and keep Mauritius in the mind of travellers.
Arvind Bundhun, the Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority met 15 British media to discuss exciting tourism developments on the island. Topics discussed included the recent launch of daily direct flights by Air Mauritius from London Gatwick Airport which began in October, an update on the 19 hotel developments set to open in the next five years expanding the island’s tourism offerings and the importance of each and every Mauritian local benefitting from the industry. Broadcast interviews were also conducted with the Director to discuss the news from the island and the importance of the UK market to the travel industry in Mauritius.
Alongside a very successful exhibition, MTPA was pleased to share the news of their recent win at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards 2023. Mauritius won the award for ‘Star Luxury Destination’ set against popular destinations including Barbados, Greece, Grenada, Maldives, Seychelles and The Bahamas.