socanews.com  
 
 
   
 
 
 
home | articles | We’re not competing with you, Mauritius tells Seychelles          [1138 page views]
 
We’re not competing with you, Mauritius tells Seychelles
Written by : Stephen Spark
Location : Mauritius
Photograph By : Stephen Spark
Posted : Tue 12 June 2012 : 12:01:29 PM

Mauritius has held out an olive branch to its Indian Ocean neighbours in response to the row that erupted when it announced its “rival” carnival to the successful event in Seychelles.

Robert Desvaux, chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA), held a press conference on 11 June with Pascal Viroleau of Île de la Réunion Tourisme (IRT) and Seychelles tourism minister Alain St Ange to explain that the Mauritian event at Flic en Flac “is not competing with the Carnaval International de Victoria”.

Desvaux admitted that Mauritian absence from the last two Seychelles carnivals could have led to a “misunderstanding” about MTPA’s intentions in organising its own carnival and ‘Shopping Fiesta’. The Seychelles Nation newspaper reported him as saying: “At the time, we did not consider it a priority to attend, but we probably shall do so next year,” he said. In early April, Mookhesswur Choonee, the Mauritian minister of arts and culture, had assured St Ange he would see how Mauritius could participate in the 2013 Carnaval International de Victoria and according to some press reports had “committed” to be a co-organiser of the event.

The carnival controversy, reflected in international media criticism of its actions, seems to have jolted the MTPA into a belated recognition that co-operation with its neighbours is a better strategy. Desvaux reportedly agreed to harmonised marketing for the region, which should be projected as a destination in its own right in a similar way to the Caribbean. An ‘Iles Vanilles’ tourism marketing organisation would be set up under the Indian Ocean Commission, with EU funding, its own secretary-general and a rotating presidency.

The turnaround puts further pressure on the embattled director of the MTPA, Dr Karl Mootoosamy, who has been credited with the ‘go-it-alone’ strategy. In Mauritius calls have been growing for the organisation he heads to be privatised.

 
featured
London Calypso Tent gets ready for the Notting Hill carnival season
Preparations are underway once more for what has long been hailed as London’s ‘premier cultural...
advertisement
more news
Harare Carnival to showcase Zimbabwe’s culture
Sparrow and Rudder head for the Camden Centre
Umbrella Carnival
More mud than mas
Share Page
Follow Us
Follow socanews on Twitter
 
Follow socanews on Facebook
 
Connect with us at Linked In
 
RSS Feed

   
advertisement
SN E-Newsletter
 Subscribe to the Soca News e-newsletter!
Follow socanews on Twitter
 
Follow Soca News On Twitter
@socanews
Follow socanews on Facebook
 
Like Soca News on Facebook
Soca News
advertisement
 
CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS

CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS
related news
Notting Hill Carnival 2014 - Mas on the road results
Tue 9 Sep 2014
Cindy Mollineau talks mas and make-up
Mon 8 Sep 2014
Tate’s take on carnival misses the point
Mon 8 Sep 2014