Mauritius tourism sector looks up
The tourism sector has a sunnier outlook with Statistics Mauritius forecasting increased footfalls for 2013 at 1,000,000 compared to 980,000 estimated earlier this year. (Image: Mauritius attractions)
The tourism sector has a sunnier outlook with Statistics Mauritius forecasting increased footfalls for 2013 at 1,000,000 compared to 980,000 estimated earlier this year.
Overall, the official body estimates an increase of 3.6% in 2013 over the 965,441 visitors received by the island nation in 2012.
However, compared to last year’s tourism receipts which amounted to Rs 44,378 million, tourism receipts for 2013 would be around Rs 41,500 million, representing a 6.5% dip, as per data from the Bank of Mauritius.
For 2014, 1,025,000 tourists are anticipated to arrive in Mauritius and tourism receipts are forecast at Rs 44,550 million by the Bank of Mauritius. In the report entitled ‘International travel and tourism’ Statistics Mauritius commented on the great improvement in the number of footfalls for the period Jan to Sept 2013 as both passenger traffic and tourist arrivals increased.
January to September 2013 saw the number of passenger arrivals go up by 2.3% at 935,028 while for passenger departures, the nine month 2013 witnessed an increase of 2.8% to 968,328.
The number of tourists visiting the island also increased 2.8% to reach 694,443 for the first nine months of 2013.
In terms of country-wise breakup, Reunion Island, America, Italy and France have proved disappointing for the Mauritian tourism sector. Arrivals from Reunion Island decreased by 0.7%, America by 8%, 25% for Italy and 6.3% from France, which, however, still continues to be the leading contributor.
On the other hand, Africa, Asia, Oceania, United Kingdom and Germany gave a boost to the hospitality sector. Africa recorded an increase of 2.9%, Asia 29%, Oceania 6.2% while United Kingdom arrivals increased 14.9% and Germany notched up a 9.8% rise in tourists to Mauritius.
Concerning tourism receipts, the Bank of Mauritius has estimated that Rs 29,105 million was received for the first nine months of 2013, representing a decline of 8.9% compared to Rs 31,954 million estimated for the corresponding period in 2012.
Further, the Statistics Mauritius report estimates that, for 106 hotels with a total room capacity of 11,866 and 24,085 beds, room occupancy was 59% and bed occupancy rate averaged 52% for the nine months ended September 2013.