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Jan to Nov tourist arrivals to Mauritius up 3.1%

Jan to Nov tourist arrivals to Mauritius up 3.1%

Statistics Mauritius data showed that tourist arrivals to the island have been propped up by an increase in tourists coming from the United Kingdom and China. (Image: Daily Mail)

Mauritius witnessed a rise of 3.1% year-on-year in tourist arrivals between January and November 2013, which stood at 876,020 for the 11 month period.

Statistics Mauritius data showed that tourist arrivals to the island, best known for its warm hospitality, white sand beaches, blue sea and luxury spas, have been propped up by an increase in tourists coming from the United Kingdom and China.

November in particular can be considered a good month for tourism in Mauritius as tourist arrivals went up 5.5% compared to November 2012.

For the 11 month period, January to November 2012 brought 849,976 tourist arrivals to Mauritius while 876,020 visits were recorded for the corresponding period in 2013.

The hospitality sector, a key pillar of the Mauritian economy, has been hit by a cut in the number of European long-haul holidays because the European Union is still reeling under the economic slowdown, leading to GDP growth of a mere 0.5% across the economic bloc.

Across Europe, United Kingdom was the only country which contributed to a rise in tourist arrivals to Mauritius which went up 12.9% to 89,896. However, European footfalls suffered a decline of 1.6% to stand at 487,339.

Coming to Africa, countries continued to be bullish on the island paradise, with tourist arrivals rising 3.2% from 229,528 a year ago to 236,895 for this period.

A country-wise break up showed that South Africa brought 76,724 tourists to Mauritius while Madagascar contributed 12,435, a rise of 6.5% and 3.1% respectively.

Mauritius and regional rivals like the Seychelles islands are now putting more emphasis on new markets in Asia to grow the tourism sector as they cannot rely on a struggling Europe.

Tourists from India and China have increased compared to last year’s figure where Mauritius had 49,317 tourist arrivals from India and 19,066 footfalls from China. Indian arrivals climbed up 4.7% while China footfalls showed a whopping 99.4% rise to stand at 51,644 and 38,023 respectively for the 11 months ended 30 November.

Oceania countries, comprising Australia, New Zealand and others, also contributed to a rise in tourists, with a 5.6% increase in arrivals to 16,948 between January and November 2013.

However, North and South America taken together showed a downward trend with only 13,568 visits, compared to last year where the number was estimated at 14,771. A dip of 8.1% was witnessed for the region on the back of lower arrivals from Brazil and USA.

Mauritius, which recently revised its tourist forecast upward, is geared up to receive one million tourists by the end of this year.

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