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Mauritius: Tourist arrivals increased by 4% for the first half of 2014 with 490.697 visitors

The tourist arrivals in Mauritius for the first quarter of 2014 have increased by 4% from 471.664 to 490.697 visitors in one year compared to the same calendar period in 2013.
French travellers, leading the tourism market in the island, have experienced a decline of 4.3% with 118.852 visitors registered from metropolitan France according to the latest figures published by Statistics Mauritius.
Others markets experiencing a decline are inter alia: Italy (13.890-6.5%), Belgium (14.3% to 4,536), Spain (3,300-0.3%) and South Africa (40.002-2.3%).

In contrast, the United Kingdom has increase by 10.5% with 47.142 arrivals.
For their part, Reunionese travellers are slightly higher (0.2%), with 63.390 tourists between January and June 2014 who landed in Mauritius.
The largest increase is observed with Chinese tourists: 86.9% with 31.938 arrivals.
Visitors from India were also 33.173 (4.2%) to travel to Mauritius, as reported in the Le Mauricien newspaper.

As a reminder, the tourist arrivals to the island grew by 2.9% in 2013 with 993.106 registered visitors.
The official agency, Statistics Mauritius, previewed on March last an increase of tourist arrivals in 2014, with an increase of 3.7% and approximately 1.030.000 travellers who should visit Mauritius this year.

Fabrice François

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