Mauritius tourism revenues fall by 4.5% in first three months of 2014
This drop is partly explained by the negative growth of the main tourism source markets of Europe, which dipped by 4.4% to 151,695 in Jan-Mar 2014. (Image: Flight Report)
Mauritius tourism earnings for the first quarter of 2014 plunged 4.5% to Rs 11,516 million compared to Rs 12,064 million in Jan-Mar 2013, according to data recently released by the Bank of Mauritius.
This drop is partly explained by the negative growth of the main tourism source markets of Europe, which dipped by 4.4% to 151,695 in Jan-Mar 2014.
And, this de-growth in the main markets, including France, UK and Germany, among others, was counter balanced by only two countries from the emerging markets, China and Russia, with nevertheless significant positive growth.
From EU, French tourists in particular witnessed a decline of 4.0% to 75,028 for the past quarter while in 2013 the number of tourist arrivals were 78,120 for the corresponding quarter.
Reunion Island also registered a decline of 4.8% to hit 39,757 tourists from Jan-Mar 2014, comparedto the first quarter of 2013 when tourist arrivals stood at 41,742.
The United Kingdom for its part, has also witnessed declining tourist arrivals by 5.7% to hit 19, 947 in the first quarter of 2014, whilethe corresponding quarter of 2013 notched 21,150 arrivals from the UK.
A decline of 2.1% was registered for Germany, where tourist footfalls moveddown from 16,565 in 2013 to 16,209 in 2014.
Moreover, a decrease of 10.7% was registered for South Africa, where in 2013 the tourist footfalls numbered 19,736 compared to 17, 634 for 2014.
India too saw a decline in tourists, albeit minor, showing a downward drift by 0.2% from 13,402 to 13,381.
On the other hand, tourist arrivals from China almost doubled from 9,323 to 18,033, while Russia also saw arrivals to the island economy rise 2.8%, from 5,113 to 5,257.
In addition, according to Statistics Mauritius, tourist arrivals for the first quarter of 2014 decreased by 1.0% to reach 263,293, but total tourist arrivals are still expected to be on track to increase by 3.7% to 1,030,000 in 2014 compared to 993,106 in 2013.
Also, in another silver lining to the otherwise black cloud hovering over Mauritius’ ‘sun and sand’ tourism, Statistics Mauritius said tourist footfalls for April rose by 16% to 88,404 from 76,223 in April last year, driven by tourists from Europe and Asia.
Finally, according to Bank of Mauritius, tourism earning are expected to be around Rs 44.50 billion in 2014compared to Rs 40.55 billion in 2013.