The pupils of Hampton were recently treated to an absolutely fascinating talk about the vital role that tourism plays to the people of Mauritius. The talk was delivered by the Mauritian Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA), who captivated our young audience with their stories and educational words of wisdom.
The main drive of the presentation was the emphasis on how tourism has transformed Mauritius over the last 30 years from a low income economy, heavily dependent on agriculture, to a more diverse, middle income economy. A vast majority of this transformation owes to tourism. To illustrate this in numerical terms, in 1970 Mauritius had about 18,000 visitors. By 2004 this was up to around 720,000 and last year, Mauritius was visited by around 2 million tourists. The vast number of new jobs that this has created was explained to the pupils. The children were shown the myriad avenues through which this has changed people's lives for the better and told that as the next generation they could directly contribute to the continued success of Mauritius as a tourist destination.
Our pupils were handed guide books and maps of Mauritius and they were all smiles as they learned more about the vibrant culture and beautiful nature of our island.
We can chalk this excellent talk up as another success for Hampton. As a private primary school we are dedicated to organising a wide range of talks and presentations which give our pupils an insight into the world at large.
We would like to thank the friendly folks at TPA for coming to Hampton, for their generous gifts, for putting a smile on our pupils faces and planting an inquisitive seed in their minds.