"Sustainability, digitalization are key elements for a green tourism industry"

Pointe-aux-Piments, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, on Wednesday said that with the growing uncertainties prevailing on the global tourism market, it is imperative to develop effective strategies to address factors negatively impacting on the sustainable growth of the industry.

He was speaking at the opening of an international conference on Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism at Pointe–aux-Piments, northern Mauritius.

Jugnauth said Mauritius is set to harness the potentials of the tourism industry by promoting competitiveness through sustainability and digitalisation.

In addition to digitising the sector, the island, he added, envisions to integrate change and innovation for a sustainable and greener tourism industry while ensuring societal benefits to the wider community.

“Over time, tourism has thrived as a key pillar of the Mauritian economy contributing some 8% of the Gross Domestic Product, 10% of total employment and 8% of investment”, he emphasised, but cautioned that climate change is redefining the modes of operation, production and consumption and its effects are alarming for most tourist destinations as they are dependent of the natural environment.

The Prime Minister said the Mauritian government is conscious of the need to make Mauritius a clean and green destination.

“On that score, a series of initiatives are being implemented namely setting up of a legal requirement for carrying out Environment Impact Assessment for industries and enterprises with significant impact on the environment and adoption of eco-friendly practices such as the installation of solar system and rainwater harvesting system amongst others”, he said.

Mr Jugnauth also called for the public and private partnership in charting the right tourism policies based on a shared vision to address challenges and transform Mauritius into a digitalised and sustainable country.  

For his part, the Mauritian Tourism Minister, Mr Anil Gayan, said that Mauritius has, over fifty years, successfully emerged as a true model of democracy, vibrant economy as well as a remarkable tourist destination.

He cited ancestral and cultural values, historical sites and monuments and the protection of the environment as key fundamentals of a sustainable and inclusive tourism.

According to him, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals is central to the country’s tourism development.

He further said that with the advent of technological assets such as high-speed Internet connectivity, social platforms, and mobile phones, it is becoming increasingly important for tourist operators to adapt so as to better respond to the demands of consumers.

“The global tourism industry is at the forefront of the digital impact and is gradually reshaping the way tourism business is done,” Mr Gayan added.

This conference on the theme Digitalisation and Sustainable Tourism, provides an important platform for various stakeholders to showcase the potentials of digitalisation in the tourism sector.

Some 300 local and international delegates are attending the conference where case studies on several topics relating to technology transformation and tourism, redefining destination marketing strategy in the digital era, challenges to the digitalisation of the tourism sector, tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals, enhancing destination competitiveness through technology and innovation, fostering sustainable tourism development in the digital era and future orientation of the tourism industry will be discussed until Friday.
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