Leela describes a fantastic trip to Mauritius to research wellness, wildlife, culture and gastronomy as part of the BA (Hons) International Tourism Management course.
Our trip to Mauritius was an elective module choice for our final year. Our tutors definitely picked the right destination by choosing Mauritius!
The 2022 final year International Tourism Management students were the pioneers of this UCLan destination, and this is something we are immensely proud of. Our trip to Mauritius was nine days in total, and once we got there, we were able to explore most of the island by van.
We visited many tourist hotspots, including the capital city Port Louis and Flic en Flac. We also visited various museums to understand more about the history and culture of Mauritius.
We had the chance to visit UCLan’s branch at the University of Mauritius, where we met many students and lecturers. At the University we also met Sen Ramasamy, who is part of the Ministry of Tourism in Mauritius; he kindly gave us a lecture about the future of tourism in the world and future of tourism for Mauritius.
The primary purpose of our field trip was to investigate and research specific aspects of Mauritius. The areas we chose to focus on were wellness, wildlife, culture, and gastronomy, and the travel office that organised our trip was able to incorporate all these areas into our itinerary.
Other leisure aspects included a glass-bottom boat trip, a visit to a flora and fauna conservation island, a safari and zoo animal park, an immersive cultural experience with a Hindu family, and a visit to an adventure park where we did ziplining! Lastly, we had the chance to visit a 5-star hotel resort where we had a tour of the property and explored the possibility of students doing internships in the future.
Overall, it was an incredible experience that was only possible because of UCLan and our course; our tutors played a massive role in this experience as they were extremely helpful and were always with us.
Written by Leela Daniel