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 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.
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.
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).
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