Port Louis, 24 April, 2021 / 7:18 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has, in a report, highlighted the Church’s initiatives to reach out to those in the country’s tourism sector whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
The Indian Ocean island that has a population of 1.3 million people relies, to a significant extent, on the tourism industry, which employs at least 40,000 people directly. With the global travel restrictions due to COVID-19, the workers’ source of income has been threatened.
In the Wednesday, April 21 report obtained by ACI Africa, the Administrative Assistant for the Diocesan Tourism Commission (CDT) of Port Louis Diocese, Jennifer Constantin, says amid the pandemic, the role of her office “is a question of listening, supporting and encouraging Mauritians who work and evolve in the tourism sector.”
The Commission also has the role of helping the tourism sector stakeholders “not to lose sight of the essential and universal values which mark out the road to human happiness which happens to be the values of the Gospel,” Ms. Constantin adds.
The values include “welcoming, sharing, respect for others who are different from oneself, mutual aid, solidarity, service, and fraternal support,” the official of Port Louis Diocese says.