Which tropical island has just opened 14 ‘resort bubbles’ for vaccinated travellers?
Mauritius has just reopened its borders to international travellers after being closed for the past 16 months.
Vaccinated guests can opt to stay at 14 ‘resort bubbles’ where they will be allowed to use facilities including the pool and explore the beaches on offer. These hotels are already listed on the Mauritius Tourism website for visitors to choose from when they book their stay.
Travellers won’t be able to leave the resort as even vaccinated guests will have to remain in these bubbles for a 14-day quarantine period. Those staying longer than two weeks will be able to explore the rest of the island after negative PCR tests.
Mauritius’ accelerated vaccination programme
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality industry reportedly made up 24 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employed nearly a quarter of all residents. As well as numerous restaurants and bars, the island destination is well known for its beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs.
Without visitors, the Mauritian economy shrunk by 15 per cent in the last financial year meaning the country is keen for tourism to return.
The decision to partially reopen its borders came after a successful acceleration of the country’s vaccination programme. During the rollout, tourism workers and hotel staff were classed as frontline workers and prioritised along with their immediate households.
In June of this year, Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy said that Mauritius was aiming to welcome 650,000 visitors over the next 12 months. But, with a full reopening not planned until the 1st of October, the island’s tourism industry will have to wait a little while longer to fully bounce back.