Mauritius tourist arrivals up 8.9% y-o-y over Jan-June to hit 534
From January to June 2015, France, Reunion, UK and South Africa maintained their places in the top four source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 123,350, 67,434, 54,190 and 45,653 arrivals respectively, while China, with 42,108 tourists, overtook India to be positioned at fifth place.
Mauritius welcomed 534,182 tourists over the period from January to June 2015, which represents an 8.9% rise over the corresponding period in 2014 when 490,697 tourists visited the island economy, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius on July 10, 2015.
Besides, for June 2015, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius stood at65,459, representing an increase of 8.3% over June 2014.
However, in May 2015, 87,067 footfalls were registered, which translates to a 24.8% decrease in June 2015 over the preceding month.
For the month of June 2015, as compared to June 2014, India and United Kingdom maintained their first and second position as the main source markets with 9,061 and 8,626 tourists respectively. Besides, South Africa climbed to third place with 7,978 tourists, China was upgraded to fourth rank with 7,958 tourists, and at the fifth place, stood France with 7,160 tourists.
Finally, China has been continuously climbing up the ranks, culminating in 7,958 footfalls in June 2015, and has expanded its overall monthly percentage contribution from 7.0% in May 2015 to 12.2% in June 2015.
For the longer period from January to June 2015, in the same sequence as the corresponding period in Jan to June 2014, France, Reunion, UK and South Africa maintained their places in the top four source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 123,350, 67434, 54,190 and 45,653 footfalls, while China, with 42,108 arrivals, overtook Indian tourists at 40,720, to position itself at fifth place.
Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January 2015 and June 2015, Statistics Mauritius registered 288,374 arrivals from the European market, of which 26,985 tourists came in the month of June 2015 alone.
The three main contributors from the European market from January to June 2015 were France, UK and Germany with123,350, 54,190 and 34,150 footfalls respectively.
Moreover, for the African continent, visitors between January 2015 to June 2015 stood at 130,495, after an increase of 3.1% over the corresponding period in 2014 when tourist arrivals stood at126,616.
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 June 2015, South Africa, Reunion and Madagascar dominated, with7978, 5,361 and 882 footfalls respectively.
From Asia, 19,743 tourists entered the island economy in June 2015, which represent 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 42,108 tourists coming from China over January 2015 to June 2015 and 40,720 tourists from India during the same period.
As many as 7,958 tourists came to Mauritius in June 2015 from China, which is an increase of 60.0% compared to the corresponding period of 2014. In addition, 9,061 tourists came in to Mauritius from India, representing a rise of 17.5% compared to the corresponding period in 2014.
Finally, other contributors for the year in June 2015 were Oceania at 1,338 tourists, showing a drop of 8.2%, while only 1,517 American tourists visited Mauritius, representing a decline of 32.0% over the June 2014.