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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM

January to June 2012 - Highlights

Passenger traffic

 

Total passenger arrivals for the period January to June 2012 numbered 625,929 representing an increase of 0.4% over the figure of 623,547 for the corresponding period of the preceding year. During the same period, passenger departures numbered 659,910 (+0.3%).

Tourist arrivals

            Tourist arrivals for the first six months of 2012 attained 467,153. This represents an increase of 0.5% over the figure of 464,604 registered for the first semester of 2011.

 

Tourist arrivals from Europe decreased by 6.0% to 279,643 with an 8.4% fall in arrivals from France, the leading market. As regards the other major generating countries, the following performances were noted: Germany (-3.5%), United Kingdom (-4.7%) and Italy (-24.9%).                           .

Tourist arrivals from Africa grew by 10.3% to 119,349. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major market of the region, rose by 12.9% and those from the Republic of South Africa by 3.9%.

 

Tourist arrivals from the Asian market went up by 16.7% to 51,353, with India, the major generating country of the continent, registering a growth of 2.6%. The performance in arrivals from the other Asian countries was as follows: Hong Kong (+104.0%), United Arab Emirates (+61.0%), People’s Republic of China (+58.8%), Japan (+16.2%), Malaysia (+6.8%) and Singapore (-23.6%).

 

Tourist arrivals from Oceania and America rose by 10.0% and 19.7% respectively. Arrivals from these two continents numbered 16,500, representing only 3.5% of the total.

Tourism receipts

            Gross tourism receipts for the first semester of 2012 were estimated by the Bank of Mauritius at Rs 23,548 million, that is, an increase of 10.5% compared to Rs 21,304 million for the same period of 2011.

Hotel Statistics

            At the end of June 2012, there were 113 registered hotels of which 107 were in operation, with a total room capacity of 11,822 and 24,089 bedplaces. The average room occupancy rate for all hotels for the first semester of 2012 was 62% (65% in 2011) while bed occupancy rate averaged 55% (57% in 2011).

Forecast 2012

Based on data available on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of 980,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2012 is being revised downwards to 960,000, representing a decrease of 0.5% over the figure of 964,642 in 2011.

 

            According to the Bank of Mauritius, tourism receipts for the year 2012 will be around Rs 42,542 million  (-0.4 %) compared to Rs 42,717 million in 2011.

 

LIST OF TABLES

 

Table 1:- Passenger Traffic 1  by month, 2010 - 2012

Table 2 : - Departure of Mauritian residents by country of disembarkation 1, January - June of 2011 and 2012

Table 3:- Tourist arrivals by month, 2010 - 2012

Table 4:- Tourist arrivals by main purpose of visit, January - June of 2011 and 2012

Table 5: - Tourist Arrivals by Country of Residence, January - June of 2011 and 2012

Table 6:- Tourist arrivals, nights and receipts, 2009 - 2012

Table 7:- Hotels, rooms and bedplaces, 2009 - 2012

Table 8:- Monthly Occupancy Rates (%) for All Hotels and "Large" Hotels, 2010 - 2012

Table 9:- Employment  in the tourist industry as at end of March, 2008 - 2012

Charts 1, 2 and 3

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