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Mauritius tourist arrivals up 10.0% y-o-y over Jan-July to hit 629751

Mauritius tourist arrivals up 10.0% y-o-y over Jan-July to hit 629751

From January to July 2015, France, Reunion, UK, South Africa and China maintained their places in the top five source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with140991, 84648, 66550, 53347 and 51774 arrivals respectively.

Mauritius welcomed 629,751 tourists over the period from January to July 2015, which represents a 10.0% rise over the corresponding period in 2014 when 572,632 tourists visited the island economy, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius on August 7, 2015.

Besides, for July 2015, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius stood at95,569, representing an increase of 16.6 % over July 2014.

However, in June 2015, 65,459 footfalls were registered, which translates to a 46.0% decrease in July 2015 over the preceding month.

For the month of July 2015, as compared to July 2014, France overtook Reunion to stand at first position and be counted as the main source market for Mauritius with 17,641 tourists compared to 14,822 tourists in 2014. As for Reunion, 17,214 tourists from the French island visited Mauritius in July 2015.

Besides, United Kingdom maintained its third position with 12,360 tourists, China was upgraded to fourth rank with 9,666 tourists, displacing South Africa which stoodat fifth place with 7,694 tourists.

Finally, India was at the sixth position with 5,077 tourists.

On a yearly basis, China recorded the largest hike in tourists arrivals in July 2015 compared to July 2014 with growth of 47.0% in Chinese tourists to Mauritius, followed by France where arrivals expanded by 19.0%.

For the longer period from January to July 2015, in the same sequence as the corresponding period in January to July 2014, France, Reunion, UK, South Africa maintained their places in the top five source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 140991, 84648, 66550, 53347 and 51774 arrivals respectively.

Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January 2015 and July 2015, Statistics Mauritius registered 333,658 arrivals from the European market, of which 45,284 tourists came in the month of July 2015 alone.

The three main contributors from the European market over January to July 2015 were France, UK and Germany with 140991,66550 and 37888 footfalls respectively.

Moreover, for the African continent, visitors between January 2015 to July 2015 stood at84,648, after an increase of 0.4% over the corresponding period in 2014 when tourist arrivals stood at 84,270.

The main contributors on the African market were the French territory of Reunion Island, continuing to be the main source of income to the island economy with 67,434 tourists for the period of January to June 2015, followed by South Africa at 45,653 and finally Madagascar, with 5,547 tourists. For July 2015, Reunion, South Africa and Madagascar dominated, with 84,648, 53,347 and 6,686 footfalls respectively.

From Asia, 19,743 tourists entered the island economy in June 2015, which represents an increase of 27.1% compared to the corresponding period of 2014; while over the longer period from January to June 2015, 98,477 tourists came to the island economy from Asia, growing 21.3% over the corresponding period in 2014.

China and India were the main contributors from the Asian market with 51,774 tourists coming from China over January 2015 to July 2015 and 45,797 tourists from India for the same period.

As many as 9,666 tourists came to Mauritius in July 2015 from China, which is an increase of 21.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2014. In addition, 5,077 tourists came in to Mauritius from India, representing a drop of 44.0% compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

Finally, other contributors for the year in July 2015 were Oceania at 2,092 tourists, showing a drop of 56.4%, while only 1,705 American tourists visited Mauritius, representing a decline of 12.4% over June 2014.

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