Mauritius and the high expectations for the Italian market 

With the announcement of the introduction of direct flights from Rome to Mauritius by Air Mauritius, which will start operations next October, the island expects a surge in arrivals from Italy. “In 2023, we hosted over 1.2 million tourists globally, and our goal for 2024 is to reach 1.3 million,” commented Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. “We are confident that the new flight from Rome will contribute to strong demand from the Italian market,” he said, “so we expect to reach 40,000 Italians.  Last year, our island welcomed 30,000.” 

One island, many experiences  

Italy, according to the MTPA director, is one of the markets that best appreciates the diversified offering of the destination. “The beaches and crystal-clear waters certainly continue to attract interest,” he explained, “but we must emphasise that in Mauritius there are also many engaging experiences in terms of culture and gastronomy, and Italians have understood this.”  In addition to the communication campaign “Feel our Island Energy,” there is also the bolstering of the hospitality offer with 2,600 new rooms expected by 2025. 

The Air Mauritius flight 

Air Mauritius will operate two weekly flights from Rome to Mauritius, starting from October 16 until April 30, 2025.  An Airbus A330-900neo with a two-class layout (28 seats in Business Class and 260 seats in Economy Class) will serve the route from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. 

Alessandra Tesan

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