Mauritius records an increase of 4.6% in tourist arrival for 2014 upon higher arrival from Asian countries.
From an Asian perspective, an increase of 19.5 % with Chinese and Indian tourist being the main contributors towards the growth as for Europe a positive performance of 4.3% in tourist for 2014 was noted, for tourists from the United Kingdom, a rise of 17.1 % was noted with 115,326 tourists arrivals.(Image: Beachcomber)
United Kingdom, China and India were the main contributors towards the growth of 4.6% in tourist arrival for 2014 compared to 2013,in absolute terms, 1,038,968 tourists visited Mauritius in 2014 against 993,106 in 2013.
In spite of a decrease of 0.4 percent, France remained the top tourist generating country and contributed 23.5% of all tourist arrivals in 2014.
France has not yet returned to growth but is showing signs of recovery, considering a slighter decrease as compared to higher decreases of -6.5% in 2011, -9.0% in 2012 and -4.7% in 2013.
Furthermore, Reunion Island indicated a drop of 1.0 percent with 141,665 visitors compared to 143,114 in 2013.
From an Asian perspective, an increase of 19.5 % with Chinese and Indian tourist being the main contributors towards the growth as for Europe a positive performance of 4.3% in tourist for 2014 was noted, for tourists from the United Kingdom, a rise of 17.1 % was noted with 115,326 tourists arrivals.
Moreover, the arrival of Australian and Swiss tourists has also demonstrate an increase in 2014 compared to the previous year.
Tourist footfalls from Germany rose by 2.8%, with 62,231 tourist arrivals in 2014 compared to 60,530 in 2013.
According to the Bank of Mauritius, the gross tourism earnings increased by 9.2 per cent from Rs 40,557 million in 2013 to Rs 44,304 million in 2014.
Compared to other countries, tourist arrivals in Mauritius expanded by 4.6% compared to 6.9% in Maldives and a high growth of 19.8% in Sri Lanka. Seychelles, on the other hand, experienced a low growth of 1.0%.
The outlook for 2015 as per statistic Mauritius forecast 1,100,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2015 which represent an increase of 5.9% over the figure of 1,038,968 in 2014.
Finally, according to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism earnings for the year 2015 will be around Rs 48,500 million which is an increase of 9.5% compared to Rs 44,304 million in 2014.