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International Travel and Tourism Year 2018

Highlights

 
Tourist arrivals
1. The number of tourist arrivals for the year 2018 increased by 4.3% to attain 1,399,408 compared to 1,341,860 for the year 2017.
 
2. Tourist arrivals by air increased by 3.6% from 1,312,295 in 2017 to 1,359,688 in 2018 while those arriving by sea increased by 34.3% from 29,565 to 39,720.
 
3. The performance of our main markets, which accounted for 71% of total tourist arrivals for the year 2018, is given in the table below:
 
            Country
Tourist Arrivals
2017
2018
% change
France
273,419
285,371
+4.4
United Kingdom
149,807
151,913
+1.4
Reunion Island
146,040
138,439
-5.2
Germany
118,856
132,780
+11.7
    South Africa, Rep. of
112,129
128,097
+14.2
India
86,294
85,765
-0.6
People’s Rep. of China
72,951
65,736
-9.9
Total main markets
959,496
988,101
+3.0
All countries
1,341,860
1,399,408
+4.3
   
4. Among the main markets, Republic of South Africa and Germany recorded growths of 14.2% and 11.7% respectively.  However, India, Reunion Island and People’s Republic of China witnessed decreases of 0.6%, 5.2% and 9.9% respectively.
 
5. Based on recent data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for 2019 is maintained at 1,450,000, representing an increase of 3.6% over the figure of 1,399,408 in 2018.
 
 
Tourism earnings
 
6. The Bank of Mauritius is maintaining the forecast of tourism earnings for the year 2019 at Rs 67.5 billion. This figure represents an increase of 5.4% compared to Rs 64.0 billion recorded in 2018.
 
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 February 2019