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Mauritius tourist arrivals up 8.9% y-o-y over Jan-May to hit 468

Mauritius tourist arrivals up 8.9% y-o-y over Jan-May to hit 468,723

From January to May 2015, France, Reunion, UK, South Africa and China maintained their places in the top five source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 115,420, 62,073, 45,564, 37,675 and 34,150 tourists respectively. (Image: Wazna Gunga)

Mauritius welcomed 468,723 tourists over the period from January to May 2015, which represents a rise of 8.9% over the corresponding period in 2014 when 430,252 tourists visited the island, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius on June 10, 2015.

Besides, for May 2015, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius stood at 87,087, representing an increase of 10.8% over March 2014.

To compare, in April 2015, 90,327 footfalls were registered, which translates to a 3.6% decrease over May 2014.

For the month of May 2015, as compared to May 2014, France and Reunion maintained their first and second position as the main source markets with 22,496 and 13,528 tourists respectively. Besides, UK again claimed third place with 10198 tourists, Germany was upgraded to fourth rank with 8,336 tourists over South Africa, which followed closely at fifth place with 7,160 tourists.

Finally, China has been continuously climbing up the ranks and claimed sixth place with 5,500 footfalls and expanded its overall percentage contribution from 5.1% in March 2014 to 5.7% last month.

For the longer period from January to May 2015, in the same sequence as the corresponding period in Jan to May 2014, France, Reunion, UK, South Africa and China maintained their places in the top 5, in the given order, with 115,420, 62,073, 45,564, 37,675 and 34,150  tourists respectively.

Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January 2015 and May 2015, Statistics Mauritius registered 261,389 arrivals from the European market, of which 39,385 tourists came in the month of May 2015 alone.

The three main contributors on the European market from January to May 2015 were France, UK and Germany with 115,440, 245,564 and 30,647 footfalls respectively.

Moreover, for the African continent, visitors between January 2015 to May 2015 were at 114,632 after an increase of 4.5% over the corresponding period in 2014 when tourist arrivals stood at 109,733.

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 15,374 tourists for May 2015, followed by South Africa at 7,147 and finally Madagascar, with 833 tourists. From January to May 2015 as well, Reunion, South Africa and Madagascar dominated with 62,073, 37,675 and 4,665 footfalls respectively.

From Asia, 118,902 tourists entered the island economy in May 2015, which represent an increase of 22.3% compared to the corresponding period of 2014; while over the longer period from January to May 2015, 78,734 tourists came to the island economy from Asia, growing 19.2% over the corresponding period in 2014.

China and India were the main contributors from the Asian market with 34,150 tourists coming from China over January 2015 to May 2015 and 31,659 tourists from India during the same period.

As many as 6,052 tourists came to Mauritius in May 2015 from China, which is an increase of 30.2% compared to the corresponding period of 2014. In addition, 10,321 tourists came in to Mauritius from India, representing a rise of 30.2% compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

Finally, other contributors for the year till May 2015 were Oceania at 1,412 tourists, showing a rise of 18.6%, while only 1,354 American tourists visited Mauritius, representing a decline of 17.4% over the January to March period this year.

- By Wazna Gunga

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