Impact and influence of tourism in Mauritius: The Case Of Flic en Flac

Rajen Suntoo

Abstract


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an insight on the impact and influence of tourism development in Mauritius, more particularly at Flic en Flac which is considered to be a major tourist area. This paper aims at highlighting the metamorphosis caused by tourism development on the rural community and also taking stock of the influence of tourism on the culture and lifestyles of the inhabitants.

Design/methodology/approach – In this paper use of both primary and secondary data has been made. Research methods used include document analysis, internet search, field observation, informal talks and interviews with fishermen, visitors, elderly inhabitants, youths, local businessmen, new settlers and community leaders.

Findings –The principal findings of this research indicate that considerable amount of infrastructural development has taken place in the village. However, the majority of the inhabitants are of the view that although tourism development has brought certain changes in their lifestyles yet there has been very little improvement in their living conditions as quite a large number of the locals are still struggling to make both ends meet.

Research implications – This paper has much relevance in the fast developing Mauritian society as it may help the authority at reviewing its strategies for tourism development throughout the country. Future sustenance of tourism development requires satisfaction of all participating stakeholders.

Originality/Value – The results of this study will be helpful to assist tourism planners in developing  policies for  tourism development  that  will be beneficial not only to the investors and the state but also to the locals with a view to improve their welfare and living conditions.


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