NEWS & UPDATES

SUS-ISLAND Kicks-Off the Sustainable Hotel Innovation Workshop and Technical Visits

November 20, 2019

Over 15% of greenhouse gas emissions in the tourism value chain is from the Mauritian hotel industry, and there is a significant potential to lower the tourism value chain footprint through a sustainable operation. On the handprint side, hotels have a large potential to further improve positive impacts to the local communities, the value chain…

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DMC Mautourco Adopts New Sustainability Strategy

November 20, 2019

As the first pilot destination management company, Mautourco started its sustainable innovation journey with the SUS-ISLAND team in September 2018. After an interactive and inspiring 4- day workshop with the management team, 6 core sustainability principles were developed and implemented throughout the company´s operations. Now, this strategy is turned into action by the internal sustainability…

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Sustainable Products that are Locally Sourced and Locally Made

November 20, 2019

“Start meaningful change through simple actions” is the idea behind the Mauritian brand The Strawz. This change can be as small as  eplacing single-use plastic straws with handmade and locally sourced bamboo straws – which is one of the many sustainable product ideas that are a part of their catalogue. ‘’We choose to work on…

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Bis Lamer – Creating Awareness About Marine and Environmental Issues

November 20, 2019

The Rogers Group wants to promote sustainable tourism as it believes it minimises costs and maximises benefits for the natural environment as well as the local communities. Among the many initiatives Rogers promotes to improve lives and the environment in Mauritius is Bis Lamer – a mobile marine education unit, which is a collaboration with…

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Mauritian Hotel Group Restores Endemic Plants

November 20, 2019

SUNCARE is a non-profit organisation launched by the Mauritian hotel group Sun Resorts in 2016, as a way to collaborate with partners and build a community of people who believe all lives are equal. The non-profit’s initiatives focus on small, local, community-based actions that have a direct and powerful impact on individuals, communities, and the…

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Four Steps to Empower Mauritius’s Handicraft Sector

November 20, 2019

How can the handicraft sector in Mauritius be empowered to be vibrant, sustainable and integrated into the tourism value chain? That was the question we reflected on as the SUS-ISLAND Project team met with different actors from the handicraft and locally made products sector. Four key steps were identified through workshops with  takeholders as diverse…

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Young Entrepreneur Sisters Promote Authentic Mauritian Culture with Their Innovative and Sustainable Fashion Brand Kotpiale

November 20, 2019

What do you get when you combine a love for fashion and design with an idea to promote your local culture? Kotpiale, a trendy fashion company, founded in 2015 by the sisters Karuna and Melissa Veerapen, where the Mauritian spirit is at heart of all their designs. With products from Kotpiale the tourist and the…

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Shaping Tourism as a Force for Good

May 28, 2019

The SUS-ISLAND project and Mautourco start ideating on pro-handprint innovation What does sustainable innovation mean to the tourism business? How can the tourism business make their existing and new products more sustainable and interesting to the mass market? Can tourism become a force for doing good? The SUS-ISLAND project together with Mautourco will explore and showcase the answers to…

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The Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism has now achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognised Standard’ status

April 26, 2019

The GSTC Recognised Standard is a milestone status and proof that the standard adheres to international norms. The Mauritian Standard on Sustainable Tourism was initiated by the Mauritius Ministry of Tourism and Leisure, in consultation with stakeholders and developed with the cooperation of the Mauritius Standards Bureau. Achieving the GSTC-Recognized status means that a sustainable…

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