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Increase in the number of Mauritians travelling abroad in 2011

Date: March 21, 2012
Domain:Tourism
Persona: Citizen; Government
 

GIS - Mar 21, 2012: The Economic and Social Indicators indicate that the number of Mauritian residents travelling abroad in 2011 increased by 3.5% to 219 055 compared to 211 572 in 2010 and accounted for 16.9% of total departures. The following changes were observed in the number of Mauritian departures by major country of disembarkation: United Arab Emirates (+15.5%), Malagasy Republic (+13.8%), Australia (+9.7%), United Kingdom (+9.4%), Italy (+5.4%), Reunion Island (+4.2%), India (+1.8%), Republic of South Africa (+0.4%), France (+0.2%), Singapore (-7.2%), Hong Kong (-16.0%) and Seychelles (-28.9%).

Passenger traffic for the year 2011 totaled 2 587 526, made up of 1 294 387 arrivals and 1 293 139 departures. Compared to the year 2010, these figures represent increases of 3,4% in arrivals and 2.9% in departures. Total passenger arrivals included 1 245 413 (96.2%) by air and 48 974 (3.8%) by sea, while total passenger departures consisted of 1 245 906 (96.3%) by air and 47 233 (3.7%) by sea.

Tourist arrivals from Europe, which accounted for 63.2% of total tourist arrivals, increased by 0.7% to reach 609 648 in 2011 against 605 401 for 2010. Arrivals from France, our leading market representing 31.3% of total tourist arrivals and 49.5% of the European market, decreased by 0.1% to 302 004 in 2011. The other major tourist generating countries of Europe registered the following performances in tourist arrivals: Germany (+6.5%), Italy (-6.7%) and United Kingdom (-9.6%). Among the remaining European countries, the following changes were recorded: Russian Federation (+84.8%), Switzerland (+31.1%), Spain (+21.1%), Belgium (+17.8%), Netherlands (+6.5%), Sweden (-3.8%) and Austria (-4.7%).

In 2011, arrivals from Africa, with a share of 24.0% of total tourist arrivals, increased by 2.2% to 231 174. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major market of the region, representing 11.7% of total tourist arrivals, dropped by 1.7% from 114 914 in 2010 to 113 000 in 2011. On the other hand, arrivals from Republic of South Africa, the other main market of the region, increased by 5.9% to reach 86 232. The following changes in tourist arrivals were noted from other African countries: Comoros (+29.9%), Zimbabwe (+24.2%), Kenya (+23.6%), Malagasy Republic (+16.4%) and Seychelles (-16.5%).

For the reference period, tourist arrivals from the Asian market, which represented 9.4% of total tourist arrivals, grew by 19.8% to reach 91 057 compared to 75 985 in 2010. Tourist arrivals from India, our major source on this continent, rose by 8.4% to reach 53 955 and those from People's Republic of China, the other important market of this region increased by 98.9% to attain a figure of 15 133. Increases in tourist arrivals were also registered for other Asian markets as follows: Hong Kong (+42.9%), Malaysia (+38.3%), Singapore (+28.9%), United Arab Emirates (+8.9%) and Japan (+4.0%).

Tourist arrivals from Oceania went up by 36.9% from 12 246 to 16 761 due to increases in arrivals of 36.8% from Australia and 37.5% from other Oceanian countries.

Based on data available on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2012 is revised downwards to 980 000 from 1 010 000 initially forecasted. In spite of this downward revision, tourist arrivals are expected to increase by 1.6% in 2012 from 964 642 in 2011.

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