Highly advertised in the media everyday, the authorities have high expectations out of the event “Carnaval de Flic en Flac, Maurice” in the context of the Mauritius Shopping Fiesta aimed at attracting tourists into the island during this period. To have a better international visibility, Mauritius even sponsored the Miss England 2012 competition and invited Miss France and Reunion 2012 to the island. There’s even an official Carnaval anthem (below) and several competitions being held.
The official launch of the Mauritius Shopping Fiesta is being held at Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius today while the Carnaval de Flic en Flac will take place on Sunday, 1st July at Flic en Flac, of course. It is important to mention that several (huge) prizes have been put into play while several companies (hotels, shops…) are offering discounted prices during the period of 29 June to the 5 August 2012.
Good. Now what are your thoughts about this initiative?
I was wondering about just how many commercial outlets will participate? Also, going back to your posts about articles in MRU being more expensive than say buying on e-bay, is there any real advantage in shopping here? Remains to be seen if the commercial people will benefit from all this hype or will it be a financial loss.
First, the use of the dodo in the logo as mascot appears to go against the concept of “Mauritius, c’est un plaisir”, which ditched it in favour of (so-called) post-2k graphics.
Now, we hear about this carnival some weeks after RadioPlus extended its coverage of the Indian Ocean games in order to speak enthusiastically about Seychelles carnival: my take is that it’s that coincidence of IO games with the proximity of the Seychelles carnival that prompted Dodoland to copy-paste the concept. For having been there, I can assure you that Seychelles organisation and infrastructure is light-years ahead of Dodoland.
I’m almost sure that Mauritians having been there for the first time must have been shocked by the level of advancement and professionalism of those whom common folks here discard as Dallons. No, dear people, Dallons are much better at organising things professionally. See, their hotel industry cannot suffer from international “shocks” because they aim at the high-end, recession-proof niche markets, have very long already diversified their source of tourists to Russian and other African/Asian multi-billionaires (not simple millionaires as our hotels do) and do not keep complaining about a “strong” rupee…
This fiesta masacarade has been hastily botched and has forgotten to bring on board one key player: the small operators of the tourism industry: if the big players had cared to nurture the smaller operators by keeping in their books and merely suggested lower-cost alternatives for tourists with tight budgets, the long-term effect may have been that these tourists would have remembered having been able to land in Mauritius and enjoy the climate without being ripped off while keeping all local operators in business. But their aggressive “all-in” packages have limited both the number of arrivals from cash-strapped middle-class tourists from Europe, and forcing small local operators out of business. Nice…
So, now you want to set up a shopping fiesta for local Mauritians by involving only big players who prefer Euros than our Rupee, who open their doors to us only when the going gets rough, who have since long excluded themselves from involvement in local culture by proposing the all-in packages and now forgetting the small players for no apparent reason…?
But, dear people, how will you ever get customer recognition if you fail to educate your local people into the finer things? All this brings me to say that the fiesta is liekly to be boycotted by the small players and the local people will frightened off by the high prices being practised by those who are involved in the fiesta.
Eh, by the way: that carnival will be run during the day or at night-time?
Either way, even if the logistics (of transportation, security, food and other things normally considered negligible here) are decently prepared, HOW DO YOU GET THE DODOLAND PEOPLE TO ATTEND DESPITE THE FREEZING COLD OF THESE DAYS???
Off topic : Even MSM/MMM took the decision to stop their ‘pilgrimage’ around the country because of the cold. This is what was officially said.
Wai, dimounn inn bien contan, mé ala rézilta mo bouzwa: éna ki’nn senti zott exclu, éna boukou touriss ki’nn ratt avion, ek mém bann rétar ki ti capav bien pli grav enkor…
Tousala montré bien ki sé enn copy-paste ki’nn bien mal pensé ek exécuté.
btw, forgot to reply this part : The carnival is scheduled for around 1 or 2pm, on Sunday.
Too Much Traffic , I had to attend an operation , if i didnt break the rules , i would have been damn late