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 News - 19-Jul-2013

Mauritius Luxury Holiday Boost - Positive Numbers Reported For May

The number of visitors arriving in Mauritius during the month of May (2013) has risen year-on-year, according to data coming from Port Louis.

The data produced by Statistics Mauritius, the official government statistics department, shows the popularity of Mauritius luxury holidays is increasing. In total, this was a rise of 4.5 per cent, translating to 74,596 arrivals for the month.

Observers expressed approval over the numbers of tourists arriving from Europe. Europe has always been the country's major market for tourists but ever since the economic crash of 2008, numbers had dropped off dramatically. With a slight increase of 4.2 per cent in this market, Europeans account for over two-thirds of guests.

As well as the 34,773 European tourists, visitors from Asia have seen the biggest rise. Statistics Mauritius reported an increase of 21.9 per cent year-on-year. This brings the total numbers of Asian tourists to 12,573.

Most of the visitors from Asia came from China. Chinese people are now travelling abroad more than ever before. It highlights how Mauritius’ promotion efforts in this part of the world are working. They recently sent a roadshow to China to connect with tour operators and promote Mauritius. The roadshow visited cities like Shanghai and reported a positive response.

As well as the increasing numbers in May, there was also an increase for first quarter tourist arrivals year-on-year. This means the government's target of reaching one million arrivals in 2013 remains on schedule after a stagnant 2012.

It flies in the face of reports from Africa which state Mauritius would have a slump similar to that of 2012. They predicted that countries like Nigeria and Zimbabwe would surpass Mauritius in terms of arrivals and stay lengths, despite having less sophisticated tourism setups.

Government representatives have said they expect to have further successes during the rest of 2013. They say this is due in part to the increasing taxes being levied in the Maldives. The Maldives is one of Mauritius' main competitors. These added fees could potentially put off tourists as tour operators and hoteliers would have no choice but to pass these costs onto customers.

The Mauritian tourism sector should contribute roughly 8.7 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) on the island. The island's economy is valued at $10 billion USD and the amount of GDP being contributed by the tourism industry continues to increase.

If these figures prove correct by the end of 2013, it will mark a 0.5 per cent rise. In 2012, tourism contributed 8.2 per cent of the island’s GDP.

Many put the success of the island down to its natural beauty. It has launched numerous preservation programs to protect much of the fauna and flora on the island from modern development projects.

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