January to September 2013 - Highlights
Total passenger arrivals for the period January to September 2013 numbered 935,028 representing an increase of 2.3 % compared to the corresponding period of the preceding year. During the same period, passenger departures numbered 968,328 (+2.2%).
Tourist arrivals for the first nine months of 2013 attained 694,443. This represents an increase of 2.8% over the figure of 675,584 registered for the first nine months of 2012.
Tourist arrivals from Europe decreased by 2.3% to 374,540 with a 6.3% 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 (+14.9%), Germany (+9.8%) and Italy (-25.0%).
Tourist arrivals from Africa increased by 2.9% to 195,213. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major market of the region, decreased by 0.7% and those from the Republic of South Africa increased by 7.0%.
Tourist arrivals from the Asian market went up by 29.0% to reach 98,550, with India, the major generating country of the continent, registering a growth of 7.2%. The performance of other Asian countries was as follows: United Arab Emirates (+63.8%), People’s Republic of China (+97.1%), Malaysia (+48.9%), Hong Kong (+16.6%), Singapore (+12.9%) and Japan (+3.3%).
Tourist arrivals from Oceania rose by 6.2% and those from America went down by 8.0%. Tourist arrivals from these two continents numbered 25,467, representing only 3.7% of the total.
Gross tourism receipts for the first nine months of 2013 were estimated by the Bank of Mauritius at Rs 29,105 million, representing a decrease of 8.9% compared to Rs 31,954 million estimated for the same period of 2012.
At the end of September 2013, there were 113 registered hotels of which 106 were in operation with a total room capacity of 11,866 and 24,085 bedplaces. The average room occupancy rate for all hotels in operation for the first nine months of 2013 was 59% while bed occupancy rate averaged 52%.
Based on data available on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of 980,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2013 is reviewed upwards to 1,000,000 tourists, representing an increase of 3.6% over the figure of 965,441 in 2012. The forecasted number of tourists for 2014 is around 1,025,000.
According to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism receipts would be around Rs 41,500 million (-6.5%) for the year 2013 compared to Rs 44,378 million in 2012. Tourism receipts for 2014 would be around Rs. 44,500 million.
26 November 2013