Conference Venue | Transportation from the Airport to the Conference Hotels and Return | Presenters | Internet Access | Overview of Mauritius (links) | Public Transportation to the Conference Venue from the Conference Hotels | About Mauritius | Climate | Population | History | Finance and Economy | Time | Credit Cards | Health Requirements | Visa and Entry Requirements | VAT | Currency | International Airport | Driving | Electricity | Customs

Conference Venue
University of Technology Mauritius
School of Sustainable Development and Tourism
SOPSPAM Building
La Tour Koenig, Pointe aux Sables (near the Capital City of Port-Louis)
Mauritius

Transportation from the Airport to the Conference Hotels and Return

Two companies have been recommended to us for transportation from the airport to the conference hotels.

Please contact them for a quote and to make your reservations.
Payment for these services should be made directly to the company that you choose.

~Concorde Travel & Tours (Accredited Conference Transporter) will have a welcome desk at the SSR International Airport – Counter No. 10 B
Contact via email: mice@concorde.mu
Contact via phone: +230 6987000

~Island Taxis – Mr. Amarjeet Luckah
Contact via email: anistaluck@yahoo.com
Contact via phone: +230 7156045

Presenters

Data projectors with computers will be provided in all of the parallel session rooms. We recommend that you bring your PowerPoint presentation on a USB memory stick. In addition, your presentation will need to be saved with the file suffix ‘.ppt’, not ‘.pptx’. The computers in the presentation rooms will not ‘recognize’ a PowerPoint presentation saved in the 2007 format (.pptx).

Internet Access

There will be an area available with fee internet access. We ask that you bring your own laptop as computers will not be provided for this purpose.

Overview of Mauritius

http://www.gov.mu/
http://www.mauritius.net/index.php

Transportation to the Conference Venue from the Conference Hotels

Complimentary transportation will be provided from the Manisa Hotel and from the Port-Louis Victoria Terminus once daily to the conference venue and return. Alternately, public transportation (bus) is available at Port Louis Victoria Station. It will cost around US$3.00 round-trip from Port Louis Victoria Station to the University of Technology Mauritius., and will take about 10-15 minutes.

From the Hotel Saint George and the Le Suffren Hotel, it is about a 5-10 minute walk to Port-Louis Victoria Station. From the Manisa Hotel, it is about a 30 minute bus ride to Port-Louis Victoria Station.

About Mauritius

Mauritius Island is situated in the Indian Ocean, 2000 km South East of Africa. Port Louis is the capital city and seaport, and one airport is at Plaisance. The island is of volcanic origin, with small coastal plain and discontinuous mountains encircling a central plateau. Nearly 177 km of coastline, surrounded by coral reefs, account for turquoise lagoon and sandy beaches.

Climate

Climate is tropical, with a dry winter from May to November and hot and wet summer from November to May. Southeast trade winds influence the island, which is often affected by cyclones between November and April.

Population

Mauritius consists of about 1,2 million inhabitants, 51% of which are women. The median age of the people is 30 years and life expectancy of 70 years. The main religions are Hinduism, Christianity, Islamism and Buddhism. Literacy rate is about 85%.

History

First discovered by Arab and Portuguese sailors, the island was colonized by the Dutch in 1710. Taken over by the French afterwards, until 1810, it was handed over to the British. Independence was attained in 1968 and status of republic obtained in 1992.

Finance and Economy

The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. Tourism, Sugar, Textile and exports are the key contributors to the Mauritian economy, but there are new key sectors emerging, like Finance, Information Communication Technology and Telecommunications.

Time

Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +4) and 3 hours ahead of mid-European time.

Credit Cards

Credit cards (American Express, Diners, MasterCard and Visa, etc) are generally accepted by banks, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and tourist shops.

Health Requirements

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age and coming from infected areas. Infected areas are those areas which the World Health Organisation includes in the endemic zones.

There is no malaria risk in Mauritius or Rodrigues Island.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Click on the following links for information on visa and entry requirements
Mauritius Admission Restrictions
Visa Requirements in Mauritius
Visa Requirements for Merchant Seaman
Issue of Visa
Additional Information

VAT

A value added tax of 15% is included in all bills relating to goods and services, including hotel and restaurant bills (except when mentioned otherwise)

Currency

The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.) which is divided into 100 cents (cs). Coins exist as: 1-rupee, 5-rupee, 10-rupee; 20 and 50-cent pieces. Notes exist in the following denominations: Rs 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000. There are no exchange controls in Mauritius.

International Airport

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, also known as Plaisance (code: MRU) is approximately 48 kms from the capital city, Port Louis. Facilities include VIP lounges, duty-free shops both on arrival and departure, restaurants, banks and a Post Office.

Driving

Driving in Mauritius in on the left and an international driving license is required.

Electricity

Power supply throughout the island is 220 volts.

Customs

Passengers over 18 years of age may import the following duty free items: 250 grammes of tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes), 1 litre of spirits, 2 litres of wine, ale or beer, one quarter litre of Eau de Toilette and perfume not exceeding 10cl.

1. No duty and taxes are levied on necessary and appropriate wearing apparel and used personal effects of a passenger arriving in Mauritius.

2. Passengers arriving in Mauritius are requested to declare to the Customs Officer all goods they have in their possession and specifically all new articles which they have obtained abroad or during their travel. Articles which are in excess of the exemptions and allowances listed below are liable to duty.

3. Passengers are requested in their own interest to make a correct and complete declaration when asked to do so. Any incorrect, untrue or incomplete declaration is an offence against the law. Penalties may be imposed and the goods involved forfeited.

Green and Red Channels

4. If passengers consider that articles they are carrying in their luggage are within the duty-free allowance they are entitled to, they may leave through the Green Channel. Going through the Green Channel means that they have made a declaration to Customs that they are not carrying any articles which are leviable to customs duty or subject to any restrictions or prohibitions. Otherwise, they are requested to make a declaration to the Customs Officer.

Restricted and Prohibited Goods

5. The import of certain goods is restricted or prohibited and must be produced to the Customs. These goods include interalia :

  • arms and ammunition;
  • drugs and narcotics;
  • publications, films or video cassettes of an obscene nature;
  • sugarcane cuttings, vegetables, flowers or plants;
  • live or stuffed animals;
  • gold in coins, sheets or bars (unworked);
  • underwater fishing guns;
  • water scooters;
  • Cigarette paper.

Allowances and Concessions

6. (a) If a passenger is of 16 years of age or over he/she may bring in the following goods, free of customs duty:

(i) tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes) not exceeding 250 grammes;

(ii) spirits not exceeding 1 litre;

(iii) wine, ale or beer not exceeding 2 litres in all.

(b) If a passenger is 12 years of age or over and travelling on a Mauritian Passport no duty is leviable on articles (except arms and ammunition, tobacco and spirits in excess of the allowances specified above, and merchandise for sale) of a value for duty purposes not exceeding Rs 15,000. These articles should accompany the passenger.

(c) If a passenger is less than 12 years of age or travelling on a Non-Mauritian Passport, no duty is leviable on articles (except arms and ammunition, tobacco and spirits in excess of the allowances specified above, and merchandise for sale) of a value for duty purposes not exceeding Rs 7,500. These articles should accompany the passenger.

(d) A tourist visiting Mauritius, in addition to allowances and concessions in paragraphs 6(a) & 6(c) above, may bring along with him/her the following goods free of customs duty:

  • one portable musical instrument;
  • one portable sound and/or image recorder;
  • one portable radio receiver;
  • one portable video camera;
  • one camera;
  • one cine camera;
  • one sporting firearm with not more than 50 cartridges (Police permit is required before importation);
  • one non-powered bicycle;
  • one windsurfer and up to 3 assorted sails;
  • one surf board;
  • Fishing equipment but excluding guns of any type.

These articles should have been used by the tourist and must be re-exported on departure.

Purchases and Duty-Free Shops

7. Any articles purchased en route in duty free shops are regarded as new articles and must be declared to the Customs Officer on arrival if they, together with any similar goods being carried, exceed allowances in paragraph 6.

Commercial Importations

8. Merchandise for sale found in a passenger’s luggage shall be directed to Pats Warehouse and shall be cleared on production of a Customs declaration and payment of the appropriate duties and taxes.

Passengers are hereby informed that merchandise are not covered within the duty free allowances or concessions.

Complaints

9. Any passenger having a complaint needs to contact the Principal Customs Officer before leaving the customs area.

A Complaints Bureau is located at the Customs Headquarters, IKS Building, Port Louis, with Hot Line Telephone No. 8009200 or Fax no 8009400. Complaints/suggestion boxes have also been placed at the Customs Headquarters in the arrival, departure and cargo halls of the SSR Int. Airport and at the Parcels Post Office, Port Louis.

Official Receipts

An official receipt will be issued for all payments made to Customs and for articles which for any reasons have been detained by Customs. On no account should a passenger pay any money or leave any goods in customs custody without receiving a receipt.