In addition to its ethnicity and religious diversification, Mauritius has also achieved a fair degree of diversification in its economic activities. Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism have emerged as the three main components of their economy. The fourth piece is the services sector, which is being expanded in order to make Mauritius a sound offshore and finance center, in addition to serving as a regional hub.

Mauritius has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of US$11 billion. Its main imports are manufactured goods, capital equipment, foodstuff, petroleum product and chemicals. Their main exports are clothing and textiles, sugar, cut flowers and molasses.

With its great hotels and amazing beaches, sunshine, fabulous food, ecotourism offerings and much more, Mauritius is enticing to the conference and incentive business. The Swami Vivekananda International Conference and Exhibition Center opened in 2005, and with a capacity of up to 7000, it is the largest in the Indian Ocean. The steady economic growth of five to six percent annually weathered the 2008-09 global financial crisis and marked a healthy four percent growth in 2010-11.

Mauritius's main trade partners are the UK, France, US, Madagascar, Italy, South Africa, and Spain.

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Official Name: Republic of Mauritius
Capital City: Port Louis
Type of Government: Parliamentary democracy
Official Language: English; French and Bhojpuri also spoken
Area: 2,040 sq. km/788 sq. mi
Population: 1,313,095
Religion: Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 24%, Muslim 17%
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Number of Time Zones: 1
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 4 hr; Eastern Standard Time (EST) plus 9 hrs.; Daylight Saving Time is not observed
Weights and Measures: Metric system
Country Domain: .mu
Country Tel Code: 230