Air Mauritius Readies for Corporate Growth

Event Africa Contributor 30/05/2018 Industry News

Air Mauritius has created a corporate sales position at its Johannesburg office to capitalise on the growing corporate market travelling to the island and beyond.

Kerry Jerin, who previously ran her own graphic design studio and started up the corporate gifting division for Sally Williams, has been appointed corporate sales executive.

Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius regional manager, Southern Africa and Latin America, says Kerry will be servicing both local and global corporate contracts and that her role was created when the airline identified substantial growth in its corporate market segment.

“Air Mauritius is not a point-to-point airline,” said da Silva, who explained that due to its geographical location, it was often able to take customers to their final destinations in less flying time than its competitors.

She added that corporate South Africa was also investing in Mauritius by opening up branches and satellite offices on the island, which has resulted in a substantial increase in corporate business.

The island has been positioning itself as a reduced tax region and growing African business hub for a number of years now. The development of Ebene Cybercity, a high-tech office community on the outskirts of Mauritius’s capital, Port Louis, has drawn well-known companies including Standard Bank, Investec, Barclays, Accenture, and PWC.

A substantial investment in high-speed Internet has also helped to draw business. The Mauritian corporate tax rate, which, according to the SA Tax Guide, is set at a flat rate of 15%, is also very attractive when compared with South African corporate tax, which is currently 28%.

“The Mauritian Board of Investment and the two largest banks in Mauritius have now set up offices in South Africa for this exact reason,” added da Silva.