The AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2022 is back!
Mauritius hosted the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open (ABMO) 2022 tournament from December 15th to 18th. This tournament, co-sponsored by the Sunshine Tour and the DP World Tour, was played on the international course of Mont Choisy Le Golf in the north of the island for the first time. Sponsored by Rogers, this event attracted the best professional golfers, including South African Dean Burmester. Looking forward to 2023, the seventh AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open will be held in Bel Ombre, on the new and prestigious La Réserve Golf Links course.
Bel Ombre in the spotlight for ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’
The village of Bel Ombre has been selected to participate in the ‘Best Tourism Villages 2022’ competition, organised by the World Tourism Organisation. The second edition of the contest offers an opportunity for this peaceful village in the South West to highlight its historical heritage, regional biodiversity, and cultural values – assets that ensure tourism will continue to be a driver of development and inclusion in the region!
Have you ever been to heaven?
Close your eyes and imagine you are in your villa in the south of Mauritius, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From your swimming pool, gaze out over breathtaking views of the Bel Ombre golf course or the vast ocean. You, your family and friends have privileged access to the private beach club, the golf courses, the nature reserve and two 5-star hotels right on the water. A 700m² plot of land, three bedrooms, in an intimate setting beside a golf course, all for $1.3M. Sounds like paradise? These are the new Bright Villas from Heritage Villas Valriche: come and discover heaven at villasvalriche.com.
Artificial intelligence for a better future
The experts at Rogers Capital Technology have taken innovation a step further by developing four revolutionary products using artificial intelligence and robotic process automation: • TranscrAI, a digital transcriber that generates automatic and secure board minutes; • ExtrAI, a software that automates compatibility; • Oriyel, a virtual desktop that allows employees to access their documents and applications via a highly secure browser (see article on page 78); • MedAI, which supports medical imaging by reporting lung abnormalities. In addition to saving considerable time, these technological innovations eliminate the risks associated with human error and improve the efficiency and productivity of companies.
77 years of collaboration between Air France and Rogers
The 128th General Assembly of the Association of French-speaking Air Carriers (ATAF) brought together some of the world’s largest air operators in Mauritius on September 30th and October 1st, to reflect on the economic, geopolitical, and climatic issues that are currently – and increasingly – affecting the aviation sector. This equally provided an ideal moment for Air France and Rogers – represented respectively by the Chief Executive Officer Anne Rigail and Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Espitalier-Noël – to celebrate 77 years of collaboration.
Velogic, a noteworthy entry on the Mauritius Stock Exchange
Velogic – which specialises in cross-border logistics- joined the secondary market of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) in December 2021. The second Rogers Group subsidiary to enter the stock market, Velogic has demonstrated its outstanding agility and a keen commercial sense. A performance that will undoubtedly attract local and international investors who see this as an opportunity to engage in a new sector of activity!
Fiduciary: a programme to accelerate graduate recruitment
Ten new university graduates, all from the finance sector, have joined Rogers Capital’s Xcelerate Academy. As part of the first batch of enrolments at the academy, they have been engaged in an intense training program since September. Each participant rotates through various departments for a year, aiming for a permanent position at Rogers Capital!
Fiduciary: Launch of the Trade and Development Bank (TDB) Captive Company
Rogers Capital is consolidating its position in the fiduciary sector with the successful launch of the TDB Captive Company (TCI). Part of the Trade Development Bank Group – a major African bank operating in 33 countries across the continent – Rogers Capital Captive Insurance Management has been entrusted with the management and day-to-day operations of this entity.
International: 100% african tax network now a reality
Providing customised tax solutions to businesses worldwide is the mandate of the Tax Africa Network (TAN), the first-ever pan- African tax network. Founded by Rogers Capital, TAN is a 100% African platform operating in the heart of Africa and dedicated to building a network of trusted members from different African countries. The network has 15 members reaching 20 countries.
Agrïa launches its first educational vegetable garden!
A pioneering project for Mauritius, in Bel Ombre in the southern region of the island: creating an educational vegetable garden of 1,200m² to train local agri-entrepreneurs in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture. This project, spearheaded by Agrïa, with professional support from the Reunionese agricultural training institute FORMA’TERRA, and funded through Heritage Villas Valriche’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, provides participants with the basic skills necessary to grow their own produce using sustainable practices. As well as encouraging the farmers towards sustainable entrepreneurship, this initiative supports the development of a circular economy in the region by creating the opportunity for Heritage Resorts hotels to source produce locally.
Autobiographical account: a nod to Guy Hugnin
March 1st 1955, marked Guy Hugnin’s first foray into the sphere of tourism. Starting his career at the Mauritius Travel & Tourist Bureau (MTTB), Hugnin played an active role in the industry over the years, notably with the creation of Veranda Resorts, Croisières Australes, and Heritage Resorts, as well as in the freight sector, with Cargo Express. As a privileged witness to the take-off of Air Mauritius, President of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Honorary Consul of Hungary, Guy Hugnin was a key contributor to making tourism one of the pillars of Mauritius’ development. Discover his story in his book ‘La Passion du Tourisme – récit autobiographique’, published in December 2022.
Strengthen your digital security with Rogers Capital
In the wake of the recent surge in cybercrime, many businesses have prioritised protecting themselves against cyberattacks. Rogers Capital offers advisory services and the implementation of solutions to reduce the risk of cyber threats to organisations looking to close gaps in their security. The group has also created a continuous monitoring facility to track and counter cyber threats in real-time, adding additional protection for businesses. Audit and consultancy training, provided by highly qualified experts, is also available for organisations wishing to train dedicated specialists.
Digital transformation as a growth driver for businesses
‘Accelerating Digital Innovation’ was the theme of the Innovation Day held in August 2022. Organised by the Mauritius Institute of Directors in collaboration with Rogers Capital, this initiative set out to discuss the growthstimulating benefits of digital transformation for national and international companies. This interactive forum, led by 18 business leaders from the private and public sectors, focused on the need to integrate artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, cloud computing or cybersecurity into processes, to help companies improve their efficiency, producing many lively and valuable exchanges.
The Heritage Resorts brand gets a refresh
The way we travel has changed dramatically. “Today’s traveller is on a quest for new discoveries and off-the-beaten-track holidays,” says Axelle Mazery, Chief Communication Officer of Rogers Hospitality. To adapt to this new way of travelling, the Heritage Resorts group has unveiled a new brand positioning, designed to combine excellent service with a uniquely local experience. Heritage Resorts has emphasised digital experience in extending its offer to travellers, creating a new look for its website. Faster and more intuitive, the revamped website invites visitors to discover the region while opting for responsible and sustainable tourism. Discover the new interface on heritageresorts.mu.
Rogers Capital, ultra-fast Internet service provider
Rogers Capital has deployed a fibre- optic network at 33 points across the island, offering very high speed and secure bandwidth, to become an ultra-fast Internet service provider for businesses. Rogers Capital is also expanding its international presence, with 14 nodes in the Indian Ocean, Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. This connectivity – at one gigabit per second! – will offer Mauritian businesses optimal working conditions and improve their productivity.
La Réserve Golf Links: the most spectacular course in the Indian Ocean
Starting in 2023, Bel Ombre will be home to a new course called La Réserve Golf Links. Exclusively reserved for members and residents of Heritage Resorts hotels, this second championship course – designed according to the Golf Environment Organisation’s ecological standards – will offer unique playing conditions for the most discerning golfers. With a course layout shaped by the natural environment, players will face the challenge of adapting their game to the prevailing conditions, while enjoying spectacular mountain and ocean views. This course is set to become one of the most beautiful not just in the Indian Ocean, but in the world!