INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM
January to March 2013 - Highlights
Total passenger arrivals for the period January to March 2013 numbered 345,211 almost same (345,530) as in the corresponding period of the preceding year. During the same period, passenger departures numbered 370,046 (-0.9%).
Tourist arrivals for the first three months of 2013 attained 265,838. This represents an increase of 1.5% over the figure of 261,995 registered for the first quarter of 2012.
Tourist arrivals from Europe decreased by 7.5% to 158,722 with a 12.8% fall in arrivals from France, the leading market. As regards the other major tourist generating countries, the following performances were recorded in tourist arrivals: Germany (+14.1%), United Kingdom (+17.7%) and Italy (-30.0%).
Tourist arrivals from Africa increased by 16.0% to 69,553. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major market of the region, rose by 21.9% and those from the Republic of South Africa increased by 4.4%.
Tourist arrivals from the Asian market went up by 36.5% to reach 29,997, with India, the major generating country of the continent, registering a growth of 16.3%. The performance of other Asian countries was as follows: United Arab Emirates (+205.6%), Hong Kong (+106.4%), Malaysia (+76.1%), People’s Republic of China (+67.3%), Singapore (+25.6%) and Japan (+16.0%).
Tourist arrivals from Oceania rose by 1.5% and those from America went down by 19.0%. Tourist arrivals from these two continents numbered 7,300, representing only 2.7% of the total.
Gross tourism receipts for the first quarter of 2013 were estimated by the Bank of Mauritius at Rs 12,064 million, representing a decrease of 12.4% compared to Rs 13,768 million estimated for the same period of 2012.
At the end of March 2013, there were 118 registered hotels of which 117 were in operation with a total room capacity of 12,676 and 25,887 bedplaces. The average room occupancy rate for all hotels in operation for the first quarter of 2013 was 65% while bed occupancy rate averaged 57%.
Based on data available on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the initial forecast of 1,000,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2013 is being reviewed downwards to 990,000 representing an increase of 2.5% over the figure of 965,441 in 2012.
According to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism receipts for the year 2013 will be around Rs 46,100 million (+3.9 %) compared to Rs 44,378 million in 2012.