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Jan to Oct tourist arrivals to Mauritius rise 2.8%

Jan to Oct tourist arrivals to Mauritius rise 2.8%

Based on Statistics Mauritius data, there has been a 2.8 % rise in the number of tourists coming to Mauritius this year till date at 786,963 tourists compared to last year which witnessed the arrival of 765,578 visitors in the 10 months from January to October. (Image: accommodation.io)

The island economy’s tourism sector continues its upward swing with a 2.8% rise in tourist arrivals from Jan to Oct 2013, according to Statistics Mauritius.

Asian tourists boosted the Mauritian tourist sector the most with a 30.2% rise, even as Americans arrivals fell 8.5%.

The main reasons of tourist arrivals in Mauritius are for holiday (94%), business or conference trips (3.5%), and for transit (2.5%).

After the EPZ manufacturing sector and the agriculture sector, tourism is considered to be the third pillar of the economy which has a crucial role to play as a contributor to economic growth. The tourism sector has been an important factor in the general development of Mauritius, and for resort-led hospitality, Mauritius is considered a world-class holiday destination.

Based on Statistics Mauritius data, there has been a 2.8 % rise in the number of tourists coming to Mauritius this year till date at 786,963 tourists compared to last year which witnessed the arrival of 765,578 visitors in the 10 months from January to October.

Asia, Africa and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand) are the three continents which have contributed the maximum increase in footfalls to the island economy.

Focusing on Asia is giving rich dividends for Mauritius as visitors from China increased 99% over the ten month period from January to October compared to the corresponding period last year.

In the same period, visitors from United Arab Emirates are estimated to have increased by 65.6 percent.

Asia contributed a total of 109,458 visitors, comprising 13% of all visitors to the island at 786,963.

The Embracing Africa strategy has also been successful with a 2.2 % rise in tourists from Africa visiting the island nation, and an overall contribution of the continent to total visitors at 28%. Comoros has the most improved share in the African continent with 15.4 percent increase over last year, while Reunion continues to power the maximum number of footfalls to Mauritius at 14.8% of total visitors.

However, despite a large number of tourists still visiting from the neighboring island, there has been a dip in the percentage of visitors from Reunion, as well as from Zimbabwe. Visitors from Reunion are estimated to have fallen by 1.5% while Zimbabwe footfalls show a decline of 9.2%.

According to the Statistics Mauritius, no improvement has been shown by Europe and America. Europe, however, continues to be the continent contributing the maximum tourist arrivals to Mauritius at 428,377, or 54.4% of total tourists.

Even though it is still feeling the pinch of recession, France is the only European country which is bringing the maximum tourists into Mauritius at 187,079 visitors, but the figures have stagnated at last year’s numbers.

The dashboard provided by Statistics Mauritius shows the gross earnings from tourism for last year to be Rs 44,378 million.

Tourism receipts for 2013 are forecast at approximately Rs 46,100 million compared to 2012, where it was Rs 44, 378.

However, new strategies need to be developed to bring results in the tourism sector in addition to boosting the island’s visibility to operators who sell Mauritius as an attractive foreign destination.

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