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Travel and Tourism 1stSemester2015

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM
 

1st Semester 2015– Highlights

 
Tourist arrivals
 
1.      The number of tourist arrivals for the 1st Semester of 2015 increased by 8.9% to reach 534,182.
 
2.      Our main markets, with the exception of Reunion, registered positive growths as shown in the table below.
     
Country
Tourist Arrivals
1st Semester 2014
1st Semester 2015
% change
France
118,852
123,350
3.8
Reunion
68,390
67,434
-1.4
United Kingdom
47,142
54,190
15.0
South Africa
40,002
45,653
14.1
    China
31,938
42,108
31.8
India
33,173
40,720
22.8
Germany
29,678
34,150
15.1
Other Countries
121,522
126,577
4.2
Total
490,697
534,182
8.9
 
 
 
3.      France, our top tourist generating country, registered a growth of 3.8% while Reunion recorded a decrease of 1.4% in tourist arrivals.
 
4.      It is to be noted that Sweden and Finland registered high growths of 141.1% and 86.2% respectively as a result of direct flights from Stockholm and Helsinki as from the beginning of the year.
 
5.      Among the emerging markets, China and India posted increases of 31.8% and 22.8% respectively whereas Russian Federation registered a decrease of 12.9% (from 7,551 to 6,575).
 
6.      Based on recent data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for the year 2015 is revised upwards from 1,100,000 to 1,115,000. This represents an increase of around 7% over the figure of 1,038,968 in 2014.
 
Tourism earnings
 
7.      The Bank of Mauritius has revised its forecast of tourism earnings for the year 2015 downwards from Rs 48,500 million to Rs 46,500 million. This revised forecast represents an increase of 5% when compared to Rs 44,304 million in 2014.