Mauritius sees tourist arrivals from January to October rise by 5.1%
Even with a decline of 1.5% in tourist arrivals from France, the country continues to be the single largest source market for tourists to Mauritius, bringing in 184,283 visitors between January to October 2014, of the total 826,950 tourists to the island in the 10 months so far. (Image: Turizm Tatil Seyahat)
Mauritius welcomed 826,950 tourists from January to October 2014, representing a 5.1% rise over the corresponding period of 2013, when 786,963 tourists visited the island, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius.
For the month of October 2014, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius showed an increase of 9.5% to 101,327 against 92,520 visitors in October 2013.
Between January to October 2014, Asia boosted tourist arrivals with a 22.5% increase to 134,134 against 109,458 tourists for the corresponding period of 2013. Besides, US also pulled in a surprisingly strong performance, accounting for a 19.7% rise in the total visitors to the island economy, even though tourist volumes remained small at 5,616 tourists.
Zooming in on the Asian market, the three main contributors to the increase in arrivals from the East were China, Korea, and Malaysia, with 61.3%, 26.4%, and 11.5% rise in footfalls to 55,307 tourists, 2,610 and 2,657 arrivals respectively. In terms of sheer volumes, India followed close on China’s heels with 49,966 visitors from the growing Asian economy.
From the American bloc, USA and Canada were the two countries that boosted tourist arrivals in Mauritius with a rise of 19.7% and 9.9% respectively.
On the contrary, Brazil and other American countries decreased footfalls by 10.5% and 9.1% respectively.
Coming to the European countries, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Luxembourg were the main contributors with a 29.5%, 29.0% and 24.1% growth in footfalls, respectively.
Even with a decline of 1.5% in tourist arrivals from France, the country continues to be the single largest source market for tourists to Mauritius, bringing in 184,283 visitors between January to October 2014, of the total 826,950 tourists to the island in the 10 months so far.
The African continent saw a slight improvement of 0.1% on account of Zimbabwe and Kenya recording rises of 20.8% and 15.3% respectively, while Comoros and Malagasy contributed to the downward trend with 19.2% and 5.6% dip in growth.
Mauritius’ sister island, La Reunion, brought more tourists to the island with 116,938 visitors between January to October 2014, bringing in the volumes, even though its contribution has improved only by a mere 0.1%.
Finally, Oceania continues a downward trend, and, for these 10 months, the continent saw a decline of 5.6% to 15,059 visitors between January to October 2014, as against 15,945 visitors in the year-ago period.
Australians coming to Mauritius between January to October 2014 were estimated at 14,168 while in the corresponding period last year, it came to 15,173. Thus, Australian tourists declined by 6.6% while other countries in the Oceania bloc registered an increase of 15.4% to 891 arrivals.