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International Travel and Tourism Year 2016

 

January to December 2016 - Highlights

 
Tourist arrivals
 
1.     The number of tourist arrivals for the year 2016 increased by 10.8% to reach 1,275,227.
 
2.    The performance of our main markets, which accounted for 73% of total tourist arrivals for the year 2016, is given in the table below:
     
Country
Tourist Arrivals
2015
2016
% change
France
254,323
271,963
+6.9%
Reunion Island
143,845
146,203
+1.6%
United Kingdom
129,754
141,904
+9.4%
South Africa, Rep. of
101,943
104,834
+2.8%
    Germany
75,237
103,761
+37.9%
India
72,135
82,670
+14.6%
People’s Rep. of China
89,584
79,374
-11.4%
Total main markets
866,821
930,709
+7.4%
All countries
1,151,252
1,275,227
+10.8%
 
 
3.      Among the emerging markets, India posted an increase of 14.6% whereas People’s Rep. of China and Russian Federation witnessed decreases of 11.4% and 18.5% respectively. It is worth noting that Turkey registered an increase of 247.2% (from 1,004 to 3,486) as a result of direct flights.
 
4.         Based on recent data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2017 is revised upwards from 1,320,000 to 1,340,000.  This results in an increase of 5.1% over the figure of 1,275,227 in 2016. 
 
 
Tourism earnings
 
5.         According to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism earnings amounted to Rs 55.9 billion in 2016. 
 
6.        For 2017, the Bank has revised its forecast downwards from Rs 59 billion to Rs 58 billion on the basis of latest trends.  This revised figure represents an increase of 3.8% over that of 2016.
 
 
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