GIS - 06 December, 2013: Tourist arrivals in Mauritius have been reviewed upwards to reach 1 000 000 for the year 2013 as compared to the earlier forecast of 980 000 tourists. The gross tourism receipts for the year is estimated at around Rs 41 500 million.
According to the latest issue of the International Travel and Tourism published by Statistics Mauritius on November 26, tourist arrivals for 2013 represent an increase of 3.6% over that of 2012 which stood at 965 441.
Based on data compiled, tourist arrivals for the nine months ending September 2013, attained 694 443 that is an increase of 2.8% over the figure of 675 584 registered for the first nine months of 2012. Tourism receipts for 2012, compiled by the Bank of Mauritius, amounted to Rs 44 378 million.
The forecasted number of tourists for 2014 will stand at around 1 025 000 with an estimated tourism receipts of about Rs 44 500 million.
Our major tourist generating countries from Europe have recorded performances as follows: United Kingdom (+14.9%), Germany (+9.8%) and Italy (-25.0%). However tourist arrivals from Europe have decreased by 2.3% to 374 540 with a 6.3% fall in arrivals from France, the leading market.
As for Africa, tourist arrivals have increased by 2.9% to 195 213. Arrivals from South Africa increased by 7.0% while those from Reunion Island decreased by 0.7%.
Tourist arrivals from the Asian market went up by 29.0% to reach 98 550, with India, the major generating country of the continent registering a growth of 7.2%. The performance of other Asian countries was as follows: United Arab Emirates (+63.8%), People’s Republic of China (+97.1%), Malaysia (+48.9%), Hong Kong (+16.6%), Singapore (+12.9%) and Japan (+3.3%).
The number of tourists visiting the country from Oceania also rose by 6.2% while those from America went down by 8.0%. Tourist arrivals from these two continents numbered 25 467 representing only 3.7% of the total.
Regarding passenger traffic total passenger arrivals for the period January to September 2013 numbered 935 028 representing an increase of 2.3% over the corresponding period of 2012. During the same period, passenger departure numbered 968 328 that is an increase of 2.2%.
As for the hotel statistics, at the end of September 2013, there were 113 registered hotels of which 106 were in operation with a total room capacity of 11 866 and 24 085 bedplaces. The average room occupancy rate for all hotels in operation for the first nine months of 2013 was 59% while bed occupancy rate averaged 52%.
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