Mauritius tourist arrivals up 4.8% year-on-year till November
In November 2014, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius showed an increase of 2.4% to 91,234 against 92,520 visitors in November 2013. (Image: Trip Advisor)
Mauritius received 918,184 tourists from January to November 2014, or a 4.8% rise over the corresponding period of 2013, when 876,020 tourists visited the island, according to data released last week by Statistics Mauritius.
Besides, for the month of November 2014, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius showed an increase of 2.4% to 91,234 against 92,520 visitors in November 2013.
Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January to November 2014, Asia boosted tourist arrivals with a 20.0% increase to 144,545 against 120,454 tourists for the corresponding period of 2013.
The three main contributors to the increase in arrivals from the Asian market were: China, Korea and India, with 57.4%, 17.1% and 4.0% rise in footfalls respectively. In absolute terms, China, India and UAE led the tourist arrivals from Asia to Mauritius at 59,859, 53,723 and 7,400 visitors respectively.
As for European countries, visitors from the bloc increased by 3.8% to 505,991 between January and November 2014, against 487,339 in the corresponding period of 2013.
This was largely on the back of an increase in Sweden, Czech Republic and Luxembourg tourists to Mauritius with a rise of 28.5%, 24.7% and 21.1% respectively until the end of last month.
In absolute terms, France continued to be the main European nation contributing tourists to Mauritius, with a total of 213550 French visitors to the island economy from January to November 2014, albeit representing a de-growth of % over last year. UK followed with 104,727 visitors, a growth of 16.50% over last year, while Germany came a distant third with 57,443 tourists to Mauritius, or a growth of 3.2% over Jan-Nov 2013.
From the African bloc, the number of tourists coming to Mauritius decreased by 0.2% to 236,467 with French territory Reunion continuing to be the main source of visitors to the island economy, although it sent decreased footfalls to Mauritius in the period under review.
There was a decrease of 0.4% in visitors from Reunion to Mauritius, which dipped from 124,558 visitors to reach 124,049 from January to November 2014.
Meanwhile, in terms of percentage growth, Zimbabwe contributed an increase of 21.6% to hit 1,466 visitors to Mauritius, while tourists from Kenya rose by 14.1% to reach a figure of 2,855 visitors.
Moving on to the North American bloc, it accounted for 6.2% of visitors coming to the island, with USA and Canada being the two countries that most boosted tourist arrivals to Mauritius with a rise of 20.2% and 10.7% respectively.
On the contrary, Brazil and ‘others’ among the American countries continue to take the road leading down, with 12.6% and 11.6% reduction in tourist arrivals respectively.
Finally, Oceania saw a 4.6% dip in arrivals to Mauritius, sending a total of 16,171 visitors to the island economy between January and November 2014.
It may be noted that 1,030,000 tourists are anticipated to arrive in Mauritius and tourism receipts are forecast at Rs 44,550 million by the Bank of Mauritius for the full year.