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 News - 02-Mar-2012

Mauritius Revises 2012 Forecast

After a very successful 2011 calendar year, tourism officials in Mauritius were quick to set lofty goals for 2012. In fact, they predicted that the Indian Ocean island would eclipse the 1 million visitor mark for the first time in its history. Unfortunately, that number has been revised slightly downward thanks to a sluggish start to 2012. Arrivals for December and January, which are typically some of the best months for Mauritian tourism, were low enough to cause the revision.

The new forecast calls for approximately 980,000 arrivals in 2010, down from the original projection of 1.01 million. Despite the revision Mauritius would still enjoy an overall increase in the number of arrivals if they meet the newly forecast numbers. In 2011 Mauritius welcomed approximately 964,000 tourists of which more than 60% came from Europe. With the economic malaise that continues to grip much of the world even an increase of 16,000 arrivals is good news.

Despite the slower than expected January numbers, Mauritius is not expected to slow down its aggressive development efforts already scheduled for this year. Several new hotels are slated to open in the coming in addition to remodelled versions of older properties. Development also continues in terms of infrastructure, tourist venues, and locally owned businesses based around the tourism industry. The expectation with all of this development is that eventually the European debt crisis will resolve itself and the travel market will rebound.

Attracting New Guest with Golf

Among all the opportunities for Indian Ocean travel, Mauritius golf holidays are becoming very popular with both Europeans and Asians. Bolstered by several significant tournaments held on the island last year, and the active participation by many of the islands best courses, more and more guests are taking advantage of the spectacular weather and environment to enjoy 7 to 10 days of golf in a tropical paradise. Hotels with adjacent golf courses are offering special golf packages designed to lure individuals, couples, groups, and even families.

If golf isn't your preference, don't worry. Mauritius has plenty of other things you might find inviting. Just imagine yourself sitting on a glorious white sand beach with a drink in one hand and a good book in the other. Or picture you and your sweetheart taking a sunset stroll at the water's edge. If you prefer to be more active and fun there's plenty by way of water sports including water skiing, sailing, diving, snorkelling, and more. And if you prefer the dry land, there are bike rides along quiet country roads, hiking in the mountains, and shopping and nightlife in Port Louis and Grande Baie.

The unexpected slowdown in January means there's still plenty of space available for you to enjoy your holidays in Mauritius. Contact your tour operator and get started making your plans right now.

Whether you're looking for Mauritius golf holidays or a family getaway you need Mauritius holidays direct, we are the UK-based holiday company specialising in the Indian Ocean region.

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