So far a popular destination for weddings, honeymooners and corporates, Mauritius beckons the leisure traveller, especially the avid golfer.

This Indian Ocean island nation is currently wooing Indian golf enthusiasts to its greens. The island nation has eight 18-hole golf courses and five 9-hole golf courses, most of which are historic and well maintained.

“We are targeting travel agents to include or emphasise on golf in the Mauritius holiday package. Bangalore has a large golfing community,” said Tarika Ahuja, general manager (destination marketing) for the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA). The MTPA held a three-city road show in India, including the one in Bangalore, recently.

Mauritius also offers a variety of activities including skydiving, dolphin watching and underwater walks.

One can also hire bikes or cars to explore this Indian Ocean island.

The Swami Vivekanada Conference Hall that can house around 5,000 people is among the biggest facilities to hold meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibition activities.

Arrivals increase

Indian arrivals to Mauritius has grown by 19 per cent annually since 2009 while the annual growth was 14 per cent between 2000 and 2009, said MPTA deputy director Vijaye Haulder.

“We are expecting the Indian arrivals, which was 55,000 in 2012, to reach one lakh over the next few years.”

Bangalore is connected to Mauritius through a weekly flight and visa for Indians is on arrival there. .