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Khalid AlSerkal, Country Manager Qatar at Emirates Airlines Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure for Mauritius Dr. Karl Mootoosamy, Director of the MTPA

Emirates and Mauritius launch activities to promote the destination across the Middle East
DOHA, QATAR, 5 February 2014 – Emirates, a global connector of people and places, and the Mauritius tourism authorities are holding a series of road show events across the Middle East region to promote tourism to the Indian Ocean paradise.

The events, organised by the airline and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), will promote Mauritius’ many attractions in the key Middle East markets of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 2 February and 10th February 2014.
Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure for Mauritius

Starting in Riyadh on 2 February, the road show activities will then move to Jeddah (3 February), Doha (5 February), Kuwait (6 February) Abu Dhabi (9 February), culminating in Dubai on 10th February.

The road show follows the recent deployment of an Emirates A380 to Mauritius, enabling tourists to travel to the idyllic destination on the airline’s flagship aircraft.  

The Mauritian delegation for the road show will be led by Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure and Dr. Karl Mootoosamy, Director of the MTPA. Senior Emirates’ representatives will join the activities.

Mauritian resorts and tourist operators such as Sun Resorts, Beachcomber Hotels, Veranda Leisure Hotels, St Régis Hotel, Attitude, Constance Hotels and Resorts, Le Preskil, Alyzée Resort, Mautourco, Luxe Voyages and SouthGate Voyages will also participate in the roadshow.

“Mauritius, a dream destination for travellers, is without any doubt a pearl in the Indian Ocean, said Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure for Mauritius. “Choosing Mauritius as a holiday destination is an enriching experience, especially for travellers in quest of authenticity and a high quality product. Travellers will be mesmerised by the peacefulness, hospitality, safety and unique and personalised service that are provided by the local people,” Mr Sik Yuen added.

“The island of Mauritius is a vibrant country and constitutes an important destination amidst our global network,” said Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre. “We strongly believe in its potential and our regular increases in frequencies on this route, plus the introduction of a daily A380 service, demonstrate that our promotion strategy is the right one and is bringing concrete results.”

Sheikh Majid added: “The promotion of Mauritius has always been an integral part of our strategy. We are now renewing our commitment to the destination and MTPA and want to achieve even more together. I am extremely confident that results of all our joint actions and marketing efforts will be seen in a very short span of time.”

Dr Karl Mootoosamy said: “The Middle East is a market of utmost importance for our tourism industry. With the support of Emirates airline and tour operators, the number of tourist arrivals is continuously increasing. We have doubled our efforts on the Middle East market and this year we are expecting an increase of 25% in terms of tourist arrivals. Our marketing campaigns will focus mainly on the island’s luxurious hotels, golf courses, spas and the main cultural attractions of the country.”

In each road show city, the joint delegation will conduct presentations highlighting the island's attractions to the local travel trade and media.

Emirates Holidays, the tour-operating arm of Emirates airline, is constantly promoting Mauritius with an offering that includes holidays for families and leisure travellers, as well as dedicated Mauritius packages for honeymooners and spa enthusiasts. Full details can be found on

In December 2013, Emirates and the MTPA signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), ensuring that the two organisations will continue to work closely together to promote inbound tourism from key markets. 

The roadshow will be visiting the following cities and locations:

City / Town
Date (Time 11:30-17:30)
Workshop Venue/ Hotel
02 FEB 2014
Four Seasons Riyadh
03 FEB 2014
Marriott Jeddah
05 FEB 2014
Grand Hyatt
06 FEB 2014
H Hotel Missoni
Abu Dhabi
09 FEB 2014
Le Royal Meridien
10 FEB 2014
InterContinentalDubai Festival City

Media contacts:

Hatem K Omar:
Emirates Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand + 971506454684

Jonathan Hill:
Emirates Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand +971506549604

From left to right:

Oomar Ramatullah, Area Manager Emirates, Indian Ocean Islands
Dr. Karl Mootoosamy, Director of the MTPA
Hon. Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Tourism and Leisure for Mauritius
Khalid AlSerkal , Country Manager Qatar at Emirates Airlines
Devendra Babooa, Research & Development Manager, MTPA