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Mauritius sees tourist arrivals up 7.6% in January 2015 as Europe resurges

Mauritius sees tourist arrivals up 7.6% in January 2015 as Europe resurges

Tourist arrivals from Europe maintained their dominant position with an 11.9% rise in January 2015 to 56,563 footfalls (Image: Blogspot)

Mauritius has witnessed an increase of 7.6% in tourists arrivals to its shores in January 2015, compared to the year-ago period. In absolute terms, 103,606 tourists visited Mauritius in January 2015 against 96,332 in January 2014.

Tourist arrivals from Europe maintained their dominant position with a progression of 11.9% in January 2015 over January 2014 with 56,563 European tourists visiting Mauritius in January 2015, compared to 50,548 in January 2014.

Europe’s share in total tourists to Mauritius in 2015 stands at 54.6% basis first month figures.

French tourists increased their footfalls by 5.3% in January 2015, with 25,572 arrivals compared to 24,274 in 2014, making France a top contributor to Mauritius tourism with 24.7% share in total visitors for the first month of the year.

As for tourists from the United Kingdom, a rise of 26% was noted with 7,604 tourist arrivals last month compared to 6,271 in 2014.

Moreover, the arrival of Australian, Italian, German, Swiss and Swedish tourists has also demonstrate an increase in January 2015 compared to the previous year. Tourist footfalls from Australia rose by 4%, with 1,278 tourist arrivals in January 2015 compared to 1,229 in January 2014.

From an Asian perspective, a dip of 13.5% was noted with 11,332 tourists arrivals in January 2015 as compared to 13 096 in 2014. Indian tourist arrivals were the main contributors to the Asian footfalls in Mauritius, showing a rise of 5% with 4,470 arrivals compared to 4,259 in January 2015.

And, over 61,200 Indians visited Mauritius last year, registering a growth of 6.8 per cent over 2013, as per statistics from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).

With a major increase in the leisure segment as well as business tourism, covering meetings, incentives, conferences/conventions and exhibitions (MICE), Indians have contributed much towards tourist arrivals in Mauritius across the full year 2014, and the trend continues with January 2015 figures.

However, a 26.6% decrease in Chinese tourists is to be noted in January 2015 with 4,924 arrivals compared to 6,706 arrivals in 2014.

Finally, visitors from the African continent rose by 10.5% in January 2015, with 32,595 tourists from Africa compared to 29,504 in the year-ago period. South Africa remains the main contributor from the African market, with 8,578 South African visitors.

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