Integrating Leisure: The Case of an Integrated Resorts Scheme in Mauritius
Mauritius, part of Southern African Development Community (SADC), is in the process of diversifying its tourism sector, which for the last two decades has attracted substantial foreign direct investment. To diversify tourism and sustain economic development achieved in the 1980s, government is encouraging various projects and opportunities for investment. One of these is the Integrated Resorts Schemes (IRS). Based on preliminary ethnography of an IRS project, this article discusses the multiple implications of such projects in Mauritius. The article outlines and discusses the corporate responsibility programme of the project and argues that the IRS project, Anahita, has the potential to infl uence social and not just economic development on the island. However, as a project aimed at foreign investors seeking exclusive products and service, it risks reproducing relations of power and skewing access to resources on the island.
Africa Insight Vol. 38 (1) 2008: pp. 146-158