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Mauritius tourist arrivals up 11.1% to 194734 for the year till February 2015

Mauritius tourist arrivals up 11.1% to 194734 for the year till February 2015

As many as 194,734 tourists visited Mauritius over January and February 2015, which represents a robust rise of 11.1% over 2014, on the back of 113,333 arrivals from the European market, or 58.2% of total tourist arrivals to the island. (Image: Mauritius Attractions)

Mauritius welcomed 194,734 tourists over January and February 2015, which represent a rise of 11.1% over the corresponding period in 2014 when 175,316 tourists visited the island, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius yesterday, March 10, 2015.

Besides, for February 2015, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius stood at 91,128, representing an increase of 15.4% over February 2014 and showing a considerable rise for the month.

To compare, in January 2015, 103,606 footfalls were registered, which translates to a 7.5% increase over January 2014.

Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January 2015 and February 2015, Statistics Mauritius registered 113,333 arrivals from the European market, among whom 56,770 tourists came in the month of February 2015.

The three main contributors on the European market for February 2015 were France, United Kingdom and Germany with 28,081; 7,855 and 5,732 footfalls respectively.

Moreover, for the African continent, visitors between January 2015 to February 2015 were at 44,824 after a increase of 8.4% over the corresponding period in 2013 when tourist arrivals stood at 41,323.

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 4,974 tourists for February 2015, followed by South Africa at 4,927 and finally Madagascar, with 772 tourists.

From Asia, 20,168 tourists entered the island economy in February 2015, which represent a huge increase of 44.6% compared to the corresponding period of 2013 when tourist arrivals hit a figure of 13,940.

China and India were the main contributors in the Asian market with 16,998 tourists coming from China from January 2015 to February 2015 and 10,612 tourists from India during the same period.

As many as 6,142 tourists came to Mauritius in February 2015 from India, which is an increase of 20.4% compared to the corresponding period of 2013 when the numbers the number of tourists were set at 5,100. Also, 12,074 tourists came in to Mauritius from China, representing a rise of 76.8% compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

Finally, other contributor for the year till February 2015 were Oceania at 2,135 tourists, showing a rise of 3.3%, and America at 2,741 tourists, representing a decline of 4.3% respectively.

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