Mauritius has positioned itself as one of the top MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destinations. This niche segment is well established in Mauritius whether it is at the level of the reception facilities, the expertise and the services available here. A wide range of choices is accessible to the organisers of MICE trips, regardless of the size of the group, with tailor-made quality offers. Events can be held in a hotel, an independent conference room or a multipurpose centre, with state-of-the-art equipment and quality service.
In normal times, several daily flights serve the island through airlines such as Air Mauritius, Air France, Emirates, South African Airways and Turkish Airlines among others, providing easy access to the island from Europe, Africa or Asia. In addition, a wide range of group facilities are available, including preferential flight rates, personalised account management, specific cabin seats at no extra charge, custom headrest covers in the aircraft (additional cost), dedicated ticket counters as well as flight check-in and other procedures done at the hotel level depending on the size of the group, exclusive activities such as helicopter tours or catamaran cruises at a preferential rate, and for golfers, free transport of golf clubs not exceeding 23kg per bag, among others.
Mauritius features a wide range of venues that are suitable for conferences and other meetings, including the largest and most modern one, the Swami Vivekananda Conference Centre in Pailles, which can accommodate up to 5,000 people. This centre regularly hosts international and local conferences, exhibitions, fairs and shows. The Conference Centre in Grand Bay can accommodate up to 600 people, while the Freeport Exhibition Centre at Mer Rouge can accommodate up to 1000 visitors, and the Trianon Convention Centre, 3,000 delegates. The latest addition is the Caudan Arts Centre, launched in 2018, in the heart of Port-Louis, which can house up to 430 participants. There are also other smaller facilities across the island available for events. Most hotels also offer accommodation and conference room packages, with a capacity of up to 800 people for some of them.
Mauritius is full of options for MICE delegates when it comes to activities, whether it’s for the sportiest or just to discover the island. Zip lines, mountain biking, golf, quad biking, mountain climbing, catamaran or yoga are part of the numerous activities available during the stay. Companies specialising in team-building can also be contacted to organise tailor-made activities for the group.
Where to accommodate groups in Mauritius? You have a wide choice for accommodation: luxury hotels, boutique-hotels, club hotels, business hotels or guest houses, everything will depend on your needs and budget. Transfers are also part of the MICE offer with Destination Management Companies (DMCs) that can take care of all the transportations of the group during your stay, from arrival at the airport to departure, with their fleet of buses, minibuses or cars according to your requests.