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International Travel & Tourism Year 2015

January to December 2015 – Highlights

 

 
Tourist arrivals
 
1.The number of tourist arrivals for year 2015 increased by 10.9% to reach 1,151,723.
 
2.The performance of our main markets, which accounted for 75% of total tourist arrivals for the year 2015, is given in the table below:
     
Country
Tourist Arrivals
2014
2015
% change
France
243,665
254,362
+4.4
Reunion
141,665
143,834
+1.5
United Kingdom
115,326
129,796
+12.5
South Africa
93,120
101,954
+9.5
    China
63,365
89,585
+41.4
Germany
62,231
75,272
+21.0
India
61,167
72,145
+17.9
Total main markets
780,539
866,948
+11.1
All countries
1,038,968
1,151,723
+10.9
 
 
3.Among the emerging markets, India and China posted increases of 17.9% and 41.4% respectively whereas Russian Federation witnessed a decrease of 13.9% (from 13,289 to 11,444). Moreover it is worth noting that for the period under review, the highest change observed was for Sweden with an increase of 80.3% (from 6,454 to 11,636) as a result of direct flights from Stockholm.
 
5.Based on recent data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2016 is revised upwards from 1,200,000 to 1,230,000.  Compared to the 1,151,723 arrivals of 2015, an increase of 6.8% is expected. 
 
 
Tourism earnings
 
6.As a result of the revised forecast of tourist arrivals, the Bank of Mauritius is expecting   tourism earnings for the year 2016 to reach Rs 54 billion instead of Rs 52 billion forecasted earlier. This revised figure represents an increase of 8 % over the Rs 50 billion estimated for 2015.
 
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 26 February 2016