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Mauritius welcomed 719299 tourists over Jan-August 2015 representing an increase of 10.5% on y-o-y basis.

Mauritius welcomed 719299 tourists over Jan-August 2015 representing an increase of 10.5% on y-o-y basis.

From January to August 2015, France, Reunion and UK maintained their places in the top three source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 156,568, 95,645 and 80,436 respectively, while China, with 62,185 tourists, overtook South Africa to be positioned at fourth place.

Mauritius welcomed 719,299 tourists over the period from January to August 2015, which represents a 10.5% rise over the corresponding period in 2014 when 651,107 tourists visited the island economy, according to data released by Statistics Mauritius on September 9, 2015.

Besides, for August 2015, the number of tourists visiting Mauritius stood at 89,422 representing an increase of 13.9% over August 2014.

However, in July 2015, 95695 footfalls were registered, which translates to a 6.6% decrease in August 2015 over the preceding month.

For the month of August 2015, as compared to August 2014, France maintained its first and position as the main source markets with 15,496.

Besides UK climbs to the second position with 13,886 and Reunion was at the third position with 10,953. On the fourth place was China and finally South Africa positioned at the fifth place with 8,430.

China has been continuously climbing up the ranks, culminating in 6,365 footfalls in august 2014, and has expanded its overall yearly percentage contribution by 63.6% to reach 10,411 in August 2015.

For the longer period from January to August 2015, France, Reunion and UK maintained their places in the top three source markets for inbound tourists to Mauritius, with 156,568, 95,645 and 80,436 respectively, while China, with 62,185 tourists, overtook South Africa to be positioned at fourth place.

Coming to the main contributors to the island economy’s tourism sector between January 2015 and August 2015, Statistics Mauritius registered 378,842 arrivals from the European market, of which 45,102 tourists came in the month of August 2015 alone.

The three main contributors from the European market from January to August 2015 were France, UK and Germany with 156,68, 80,436 and 43,207 footfalls respectively.

Moreover, for the African continent, visitors between January 2015 to August 2015 stood at 182,271, after an increase of 3.3% over the corresponding period in 2014 when tourist arrivals stood at 176,404.

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 95,645 tourists for the period of January to August 2015, followed by South Africa at 61,777 and finally Madagascar, with 8,223 tourists. For August 2015, South Africa, Reunion and Madagascar dominated, with 10,953, 8,430 and 1,537 footfalls respectively.

From Asia, 17,766 tourists entered the island economy in August 2015, which represent an increase of 32.5% compared to the corresponding period of 2014; while over the longer period from January to August 2015, 134,746 tourists came to the island economy from Asia, growing 23.9% over the corresponding period in 2014.

China and India were the main contributors from the Asian market with 62185 tourists coming from China over January 2015 to August 2015 and 49,694 tourists from India during the same period.

As many as 10,411 tourists came to Mauritius in June 2015 from China, which is an increase of 63.6% compared to the corresponding period of 2014. In addition, 3,897 tourists came in to Mauritius from India, representing a rise of 6.7% compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

Finally, other contributors for the year in August 2015 were Oceania at 1,512tourists, showing a drop of 2.8%, while only 1,276 American tourists visited Mauritius, representing an increase of 51.9% over the August 2014.

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