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International Travel and Tourism - 1st Semester 2018

Highlights
 
 
Tourist arrivals
 
1.     The number of tourist arrivals for the first semester of 2018 increased by 3.4% from 625,859 in the first semester of 2017 to reach 646,865.
 
2.    The performance of our main markets, which accounted for 72% of total tourist arrivals for the first semester of 2018, is given in the table below:
 
                Country
Tourist Arrivals
1st semester 2017
1st semester 2018
% change
France
129,651
138,456
+6.8
Reunion Island
72,993
66,339
-9.1
United Kingdom
61,160
62,962
+2.9
Germany
53,211
59,535
+11.9
    South Africa, Rep. of
46,626
54,188
+16.2
India
47,508
48,898
+2.9
People’s Rep. of China
39,101
33,823
-13.5
Total main markets
450,250
464,201
+3.1
All countries
625,859
646,865
+3.4
 
 
3.      Among the main markets, Republic of South Africa and Germany recorded growths of 16.2% and 11.9% respectively.  However, Reunion Island and People’s Republic of China witnessed decreases of 9.1% and 13.5% respectively.
 
4.         Based on recent data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for 2018 is maintained at 1,395,000, representing an increase of 4.0% over the figure of 1,341,860 in 2017. 
 
 
Tourism earnings
 
5.        The Bank of Mauritius has revised the forecast of tourism earnings for 2018 upwards from Rs 62.5 billion to Rs 64 billion. This figure represents an increase of 6.2% compared to Rs 60.3 billion recorded in 2017.
 
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August 2018