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Moreover, the income of the tourism sector for 2014 has been forecast at Rs 44,500 million by the Bank of Mauritius. (Image: Mauritius Tourist Guide)
Statistics Mauritius has set even higher standards this year for tourist arrivals which are expected to hit 1,030,000, with 96,332 tourists having visited the island already in the month of January 2014.
Moreover, the income of the tourism sector for 2014 has been forecast at Rs 44,500 million by the Bank of Mauritius, an increase of 9.7 per cent compared to the 2012 amount of Rs 40,557 million, which marked a reduction of 8.6 per cent.
According to recent data published by Statistics Mauritius on tourist arrivals, the number of tourists received for 2013 was 993,106, just falling short of the tourism target of 1 million for the year, but representing a growth of 2.86% over 2012.
Apart from France and Reunion which witnessed a decline in tourist footfalls from 256,929 to 244,752 and from 144,340 to 143,114 respectively, tourist arrivals from the main markets registered positive growths of 74% for the year 2013.
As regards the three emerging markets, tourist arrivals from India increased from 55,197 to 57,255; China doubled footfalls from 20,885 to 41,913; and Russian tourists decreased by 23.3% from 19,429 to 14,905.
During the year 2013, the room occupancy rate of all licensed hotels in operation averaged 63%, marginally up from 62% in the year 2012; and the bed occupancy rate averaged 55%, in both 2012 and 2013.
On the other hand, total departures in 2013 compared to 2012 increased by 2.7% to 1,320,705 in 2013 whereas departures of Mauritian residents increased by 5.7% to 250,138.
In 2013, the main countries of disembarkation for Mauritian residents were United Arab Emirates with 42,099 (16.8% of total), 39,359 (or 15.7%) for Reunion Island, France with 35,518 (or 14.2%), 25,693 (or 10.3%) for Republic of South Africa, India with 25,028 (or 10.0%) and United Kingdom with 21,580 (or 8.6%).
Finally, data for Statistics Mauritius revealed that the number of tourists received to the island shores increased from 92,894 in January 2013 to 96,332 in January 2014 but witnessed a decrease of 1.9% and 3.8% from European, and African countries respectively.