NEW HOLIDAY INN OPENS NEAR SSR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON MAURITIUS
(Posted 13th December 2013)
The new Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport at Plaine Magnien is now open for business, offering a full range of services for travellers, those on business and those coming for leisure alike. Located less than a kilometre from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport terminal, a few minutes from the nearest beach and just over 40 kilometres from the capital Port Louis, will the new 140 rooms and suites hotel offer the swiftest access yet to a major hotel brand for visitors to Mauritius.
Being close to the airport also reflects in the names of the hotel’s bar and restaurant, the latter aptly named ‘1933’ when the first international flight took off from Mauritius while the bar / lounge is called ‘Piper Navajo’, the aircraft type used for the first scheduled flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Said Jean-Eric Sirop, the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport on the occasion of the opening of the hotel: ‘I’m delighted to announce the opening of Mauritius’ first Holiday Inn. The combination of the building and ground’s unique character, with its prime location close to both the airport and Mauritius’ beautiful beaches, will make this a popular hotel for business and leisure guests. We are proud to be part of such a globally celebrated brand and have no doubt that guests from across the globe will enjoy the comfort and value that our hotel and team deliver’.
In turn did Mr. Pascal Gauvin, IHG’s Chief Operating Officer, for India, Middle East and Africa, according to the media release received from IHG, say: ‘We’ve been looking forward to bringing Holiday Inn to Mauritius and today we welcome guests through the hotel’s doors. As the island’s popularity amongst holidaymakers and business travellers continues to increase, this Holiday Inn will provide an affordable, quality option on Mauritius’ scenic south east coast’.
Meanwhile will Emirates commence flights with the Airbus A380 from the 16th of December onwards between Dubai and Mauritius, substituting the B777 on one of their two daily frequencies to the tropical island, meeting a key demand by the private sector, in particular the hospitality industry, for more seats. The recent modernization of the airport includes facilities to handle the giant double-decker A380, making it at present the only Indian Ocean island destination to which this aircraft type is being deployed.
Watch this space for regular and breaking news from the hospitality and aviation sectors across the Indian Ocean islands.