Major and minor renovations, complete transformation of the waterfront, free internet connection in the center of the village: the renaissance of Mahébourg to become a tourist village should begin at the end of the first quarter of next year. The Economic Development Board (EDB) hopes to make it a model.
The major transformation of Mahébourg into a tourist village should start by March 2019. This includes the great change that must know the waterfront Project more than ten years, the authorities hope to start the work at the same time.
The Request for expression of interest for its development in commercial and tourist center was launched on October 22nd. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 15th. “The assessment should not take more than a few weeks. If the exercise is conclusive, it is hoped that the promoter will be able to open the site towards March or April 2019 “, advance a person in charge of the file at the Economic Development Board.
The overall project is done with the forces, the private sector and the Association of Hoteliers and Restorers of Mauritius (Ahrim). Members of the public are also invited to make suggestions to the Ministry of Tourism.
By June 2019, other minor works should be completed. Among them, the development of parking spaces, the installation of surveillance cameras, the beautification of the Pointe-des-Régates monument and its surroundings, the installation of information panels on historical sites (the Watering Bowl, the Biscuiterie Rault, the National History Museum, the Lavoir, the Mahebourg market, the former railway station and the district court, among others).
Wi-Fi points will also be installed in different parts of the village. The historic sites, which are Pointe-Canon and the Naval Museum, will also be completely renovated.
The goal is to make this village a major attraction for the South of the country. It is also about exploiting its rich history and unique heritage. The transformation of Mahébourg results from the Tourism Strategic Plan 2018-2021. This was approved by the Council of Ministers in August.
Remember that this southern village has about twenty sites rich in history. Eight of them are classified as National Heritage Sites.