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Air Mauritius eyes China routes
Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong
 

Kevin Sinclair, Hong Kong  
(14th Feb 2005)


AIR Mauritius is negotiating with Beijing for rights to fly to either Beijing or Shanghai.

The national carrier of the Indian Ocean nation will probably extend existing services from either Hong Kong or Singapore to China. Air Mauritius regional manager Northeast Asia, Mr Georges Tang, said the A340 service could start later this year.

Mauritius could be an attractive destination to mainland visitors because it was put on the list of approved destinations by the Chinese government last year. This allows mainlanders to visit easily. The tropical island survived the tsunami with virtually no damage.

There is an ethnic twist in Mauritius that could be an added attraction to millions of Chinese. The island is the only place in the world, apart from the regional homeland of Meixian in Guangdong province, where the Hakkas are a majority.

The three percent Chinese population on Mauritius are virtually all Hakkas.

 
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