My Wonderful Trip to Mauritius with Francoise Morechand

As CEO of Club Med Japan, I had the pleasure of visiting many fabulous resorts around the world. Mauritius remains one of my favorites. Why?

– Gorgeous beaches
– Multilingual population
– Combination of the best qualities of the French, British and Portuguese influences on the island.
– African music from near-by Africa
– Excellent French cuisine
– Wonderful South African wines

It was just another day’s work when I escorted Francoise to Club Med Mauritius in 2000. To make her comfortable we also brought her husband, Tatsuji Nagataki, and my husband, Ray Gordon. To understand why this can be considered “work,” you need to understand the importance of Francoise Morechand to a French company in Japan. Francoise was very well known to Club Med’s Japanese customers as the French lifestyle taste maker in Japan. Fully fluent in Japanese, she was often on Japanese TV. She has been followed avidly through the years as a fashion icon and thought leader.

This interview of Francoise Morechand in the Japan Times gives you an excellent picture of her background.

Francoise Morechand on the beach at Club Med Mauritius

Francoise Morechand on the beach at Club Med Mauritius. Photo by Ray Gordon

Because we were with Francoise, we were invited to the very exclusive private island called Ilot Mangénie by the hotel Le Touessrok. We enjoyed a gourmet lunch there.

In our case, we flew from Japan via Singapore.

Francoise Morechand setting off to waterski at Club Med Mauritius

Francoise Morechand setting off to waterski at Club Med Mauritius. Photo by Ray Gordon

Francoise Morechand Sailing at Club Med Mauritius

Francoise Morechand Sailing at Club Med Mauritius. Photo by Ray Gordon

Francoise Morechand About to Snorkel at Club Med Mauritius

Francoise Morechand About to Snorkel. Photo by Ray Gordon

Ray bought his first professional digital camera for this trip to take photos of Francoise. The rest of the photos of Mauritius are on slides. I will be adding some of those in the future.

What are your favorite experiences on Mauritius?

About Linda Sherman

International, multicultural marketing pro, Linda brings a distinguished background of international subsidiary CEO/CMO to her Social Marketing expertise. These include CEO Club Med Japan, Barilla Japan and CMO Wal-Mart Japan. Linda Sherman has been featured and quoted in Forbes, The New York Times, Christian Monitor and other leading publications. She devised and implemented an innovative guerrilla-marketing plan for ZIMA in Japan that produced a lasting, profitable success. Linda has hands-on technical skills in building and search optimizing WordPress websites and an influential on-line presence. Linda teaches social marketing for business at the University of Hawaii. Her company, The Courage Group, provides websites, digital film, branding and social marketing strategy and training.

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