from HANSLEY NABAB in Port Louis, Mauritius
PORT-LOUIS, (CAJ News) – Mauritian tourism operators are relieved by the easing of travel restrictions between the country and fellow Indian islander Reunion.
The Reunionese prefecture repealed the special provisions made by ministerial decree restricting travel between Reunion, Mauritius and South Africa earlier.
This follows the detection of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus late last year.
“Travel to these two destinations is subject to the general principle provided for the color zone to which they belong: Orange for Mauritius and South Africa”, La Réunion confirmed on Monday.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) said the softening of the prefecture’s stance has had the effect of relieving Mauritian tourism operators, who are already preparing to welcome tourists from the island again.
“The Reunion market is crucial for Mauritian tourism,” said Arvind Bundhun, Managing Director of the MTPA.
“We are pleased that this decision has been reviewed. We are delighted to welcome back our brothers and sisters from Reunion and to renew the strong ties that unite us.
Bundhun thinks the benefits will be mutual.
“The economies of our two countries will necessarily benefit, given that Mauritius is one of the most important sources of income for Reunion travel agencies,” he said.
– CAJ News