INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM
1st Semester 2013 - Highlights
Total passenger arrivals for the period January to June 2013 numbered 627,428 representing an increase of 0.2% compared to the corresponding period of the preceding year. During the same period, passenger departures numbered 663,566 (+0.6%).
Tourist arrivals for the first six months of 2013 attained 471,664. This represents an increase of 1.0% over the figure of 467,153 registered for the first semester of 2012.
Tourist arrivals from Europe decreased by 3.7% to 264,200 with a 6.1% fall in arrivals from France, the leading market. As regards the other major tourist generating countries, the following performances were recorded in tourist arrivals: United Kingdom (+12.5%), Germany (+12.4%) and Italy (-29.0%).
Tourist arrivals from Africa increased by 2.0% to 127,018. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major market of the region, rose by 0.5% and those from the Republic of South Africa increased by 2.8%.
Tourist arrivals from the Asian market went up by 24.9% to reach 64,124, with India, the major generating country of the continent, registering a growth of 8.4%. The performance of other Asian countries was as follows: United Arab Emirates (+95.2%), People’s Republic of China (+77.4%), Malaysia (+40.5%), Japan (+6.8%), Hong Kong (+3.7%) and Singapore (+3.3%).
Tourist arrivals from Oceania rose by 2.2% and those from America went down by 9.8%. Tourist arrivals from these two continents numbered 15,840, representing only 3.4% of the total.
Gross tourism receipts for the first semester of 2013 were estimated by the Bank of Mauritius at Rs 22,055 million, representing a decrease of 6.3% compared to Rs 23,548 million estimated for the same period of 2012.
At the end of June 2013, there were 116 registered hotels of which 109 were in operation with a total room capacity of 11,977 and 24,438 bedplaces. The average room occupancy rate for all hotels in operation for the first semester of 2013 was 60% while bed occupancy rate averaged 52%.
Based on data available on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of 990,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2013 is reviewed downwards to 980,000 tourists, representing an increase of 1.5% over the figure of 965,441 in 2012.
According to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism receipts would be around Rs 44,600 million (+0.5%) for the year 2013 compared to Rs 44,378 million in 2012.
21 August 2013