Prospects and Challenges of Cultural Heritage Tourism in Port Louis

THIS ASSIGNMENT ENCOMPASSES OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE POTENTIALS AND CHALLENGES THAT CAN BE MARKETED IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ITS IDENTIFIES SOME HERITAGE ASSETS IN THE REGION OF PORT LOUIS THAT COULD GENERATE NEW SOURCE OF REVENUE AND WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE OUR CULTURAL LEGACY.

INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT MODULE CODE: TMGT1101B ACADEMIC YEAR 2010/2011 SEMESTER 1 BTHM/10B/PT GROUP F

A special thank to …. our lecturer who has given us the opportunity to work on this assignment. 2|Page . where we have all of us discover some facets of our Culture left as an inheritage from our ancestors.Acknowledgements We would like to thank Mr Gowtam Raj Chintaram. It is no doubt that through this study we have understood that our cultural heritage is being lost and that we can contribute to revive our traditional values and legacy.

..................................................8 3|Page ....................................................................... 2 Contents.............................................5 Port Louis .................................Contents Acknowledgements ..............................................................................Nowadays...................................................................... 3 Introduction..............................................................................4 History of Port Louis ..Capital City of Mauritius ..................6 Problems Statement........................................................................................................

earlier known as the `Coolie Ghat` and Le Morne Cultural Landscape on the 6th July 2008 . it also helps to protect our nation’s natural and cultural treasures and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. a rugged mountain that just in the southwest of Mauritius was used as a shelter by runaway slaves. or not nurtured their cultural potential may not have the historic. cultural and natural resources it takes to develop a program that will attract cultural heritage visitors. 1993). through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. This study will broadly portray the potentials and challenges of `cultural heritage tourism` in the City of Port Louis. and reap the economic benefits of tourism. G. (1996) Not every community can have a successful cultural heritage tourism program. but are rarely backed up with empirical research. Bywater. The `Aapravasi Ghat` (stepping stone of immigrants) on the 13th July 2006. In Mauritius recent cultural heritage development is fostered to be one of the tourism marketing strategies of the policy makers since two cultural heritage sites have been inscribed UNESCO `s World Heritage List respectively. with the intention to gather new information and experiences to satisfy their cultural needs'. 4|Page . Such figures are often quoted in studies of the cultural tourism market (e. It is one of the forms of Tourism that most policy makers seem to be betting on for the future. Cultural tourism has been defined as 'the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from their normal place of residence. and forecast that it would grow at a rate of 15% per year. When cultural heritage tourism development is done right.Introduction Cultural Heritage Tourism has long history and its roots in the Grand Tour (Richards. That’s the core idea in cultural heritage tourism: save your heritage and your culture. for example asserted that Cultural Tourism accounted 37% of global tourism. These inscriptions to the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO represent an excellent opportunity to promote cultural heritage tourism. 2003).g. share it with visitors. Linking tourism with heritage and culture can do more for local economies than promoting them separately. The World Tourism Organisation. Richards. Communities that have lost too much of their heritage. maroons.

it became the administrative centre of Mauritius and a major reprovisioning halt for French ships travelling around the Cape of Good Hope. It is the main entrance to and out of Port Louis. Attractions include the Caudan Waterfront. all having their headquarters there. built by the British in 1835. The city morgue at the Kit Lock is located in the centre of the city. The capital has also three museums which are: the Mauritius Natural History Museum. One of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle. the Place d'Armes is easily recognizable by its tall palm trees. The busiest hours are 8am and 5pm. the Jummah Mosque. Port Louis is surrounded by a mountain range. It leads directly to the Municipality of Port Louis. Situated in the heart of the city. which roughly correspond to the working hours for the majority of enterprises. with the Bank of Mauritius. The busiest street is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street.History of Port Louis Port Louis was already in use as a harbour in 1638. Among its most famous mountains are Le Pouce and Pieter Both which stand about 800 metres from sea level. the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd and the State Bank of Mauritius. It faces heavy traffic congestion as there is only one motorway which leads in and out of the city. which is a hot place for local food. called the Port Louis Moka Range. Parking is another big problem the city faces. The latter dominates the city. Ornately and colourfully decorated Tamil temples such as the Kaliammen Kovil and the Tamil temple of SaintCroix overlook the port. which is the oldest race course (1812) in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere. One of the most popular attractions is the country's national derby called Champ de Mars. The first Governor was Count BertrandFrançois Mahé de La Bourdonnais. 5|Page . From there. Other famous destinations include the Police Barracks known as Les Casernes and the Port Louis Waterfront. Port Louis has conserved many historic and colonial buildings through the years. Port Louis Bazaar. Port Louis is the busiest city of the country. The financial centre is also located there. formerly known as Rue Desforges. one can observe most of the city's architecture. the Mauritian Chinatown and the old Port Louis theatre. The Port is named in honour of King Louis XV. under French government. The biggest and oldest post office in Mauritius is found near the Caudan Waterfront. near the State Bank Tower. and Kadafi Square. the Blue Penny Museum and the Mauritius Stamp Museum. In 1735.

Place D’Armes links the port to the government house with a thorough esplanade lined by palm trees and cannons. one of the oldest theatre in the region Champ De Mars Popular racetrack. Port Louis has the biggest harbour on the island. The Caudan Waterfront for example which is just next to the harbor has been built over these reclaimed pieces of land. Given the number of people that work in Port Louis. It includes many community areas including Plaine-Verte. Port Louis is currently undergoing a major construction boom with the extension of the Caudan Waterfront and new towers. China Town.Nowadays Port Louis District is the Capital and one of the district of Mauritius. Roche Bois. A sugar terminal has been built very near to the harbor for the exportation of sugar-cane which is the number one pillar of Mauritian economy. including a few skyscrapers. Horseracing every Saturday or Sunday afternoons from March to December. this leads to a chaotic situation traffic-wise on week days. Grande Riviere North West. The harbor has over the decades been extended through reclaimed land.Capital City of Mauritius . where many of the tallest high-rise buildings have been built. Ward4 and Camp Yoloff. oldest in the Southern Hemisphere. 6|Page .Port Louis . The skyline of Port Louis has completely changed in the last fifteen years mainly due to construction booms in the 1990s and 2000s. The city is surrounded by villages like St Croix. The city centre has the tallest buildings in Mauritius. which is unusual for a small island in Africa. Vallee Pitot. Statue of Mahe Labourdonnais The statue of the French governor Mahe de Labourdonnais can be found at the entrance of Place D’Armes Government House Built in the time of the Governor Nicholas de Maupin ( 1729-1735) Theatre of Port Louis Built in the 19th Century. People from all over the island travel to Port Louis and many roads become congested. The city is also the biggest business hub on the island and most government departments are situated in Port Louis. The main sites of interest of Port Louis are best appreciated if one follows an itinerary which leads to the many historical and cultural sites Places D’Armes Historical Centre of the city.

Fort Adelaide Situated on a hill overlooking the city and the harbour.Citadel. 7|Page . Today. Built in 1835 by the British to watch out for potential riots in Port Louis before the abolition of slavery. Aapravasi Ghat A UNESCO World Heritage site that pays a special tribute to the thousands of immigrants who came from India. it hosts concerts and shows of both local and visiting artists from all over the world.

+G+(2003)+What+is+Cultural+tourism&source=bl&ots=QCup7wt_NN&sig=jqx4R BChVgyo2syDxMwehUmxWE&hl=en&ei=1BKsTJzbHZP44AaS9tWZCA&sa=X&oi= book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Richards %2C%20G%20(2003)%20What%20is%20Cultural%20tourism&f=false http://www.mu/books?id=LXgdr3hbkgC&pg=PA339&lpg=PA339&dq=Richards. University of Technology Mauritius.google. Mauritius THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL.wikipedia.htm http://books.org/history. Ref guide : http://www. Mauritius Gowtam Raj Chintaram. Port-Louis. We have contacted MTPA.Problems Statement Some problems have been encountered during the study. the Municipal Council of Port Louis have launched a Heritage Trail that will be made available to tourist and locals. we have met Mrs Mona Busgeet Head of Urban dwelling. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY http://en.grand-tour. CULTURAL. the Tourism Authority and the National Heritage Trust Fund to enquire about tourism visits statistics on the different cultural heritage sites all these authorities said that no statistics are available or are being prepared. Furthermore on the 23rd August 2010.Sustainability-Journal.mu/2010/08/23/heritage-map-of-port-louis/ 8|Page .org/wiki/Port_Louis http://theindependent.com Sustainable Heritage Development: Cultural Heritage Tourism in Mauritius Ramesh Durbarry. University of Technology Mauritius. she mentioned that the map could be made available but due to budgetary constraint.

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