GIS – 28 November 2018: The forecast of tourism earnings for 2018 is being maintained at Rs 64 billion by the Bank of Mauritius, according to a press communiqué issued by Statistics Mauritius on 26 November 2018. This figure represents an increase of 6.2% compared to Rs 60.3 billion recorded in 2017. As for the year 2019, tourism earnings are forecasted at Rs 67.5 billion.
The total passenger arrivals for the period of January to September 2018 amounted to 1,307,370 representing an increase of 4.7% when compared to 1,248,767 passenger arrivals in the corresponding period of 2017. During the same period, 1,342,193 passengers departed from Mauritius, showing an increase of 4.7% over the figure of 1,281,749 departures for the period January to September 2017.
With regard to tourist arrivals in the first nine months of this year, the number has reached 975,066, up by 4.3% compared to the first nine months in 2017. The performance of our top 10 markets for the period January to September 2018 was: France (+5.2%), United Kingdom (+1.6%), Reunion Island (-6.4%), Germany (+12.4%), Republic of South Africa (+14.4%), India (+4.8%), People’s Republic of China (-8.8%), Switzerland (+5.7%), Italy (+2.3%) and Australia (+2.7%).
Moreover, the average room occupancy rate for all licensed hotels in operation for the period January to September 2018 was 73% (74% for January to September 2017) while bed occupancy rate averaged 66% (same as January to September 2017).
Based on latest available data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2018 is maintained at 1,395,000, representing an increase of 4.0% over the figure of 1,341,860 in 2017. The forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2019 is estimated at 1,450,000.