Tourism Tattler - - BUSINESS & FINANCE - For de­tailed anal­y­sis visit­ket/africa/Mauritius

With blue wa­ters and won­der­ful cli­mate, Mauritius is one of the dream tourist des­ti­na­tions on the In­dian Ocean.

Mauritius reg­is­tered 1,150,000 tourist ar­rivals in 2015, which trans­lates into an 11% in­crease from 2014. South African Air­ways has fur­ther strength­ened its routes to Mauritius due to grow­ing demand – both from the con­ti­nent and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Mauritius recorded dou­ble-digit in­creases in oc­cu­pancy al­though in US$ terms RevPAR was down around 25%, in lo­cal cur­rency there was an im­pres­sive 12% in­crease. The long term fu­ture for the island is pos­i­tive with the gov­ern­ment grow­ing the econ­omy in dif­fer­ent sec­tors, all of which will need ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion. In ad­di­tion in­creased air­lift di­rect from Europe should sus­tain demand for the re­sorts. An­nounced new ho­tels in­clude Park Inn by Radis­son in Qu­a­tre Bornes, the new com­mer­cial hub of Mauritius.

Mauritius is a ma­ture and es­tab­lished mar­ket that does not need to prove it­self any­more. Tourists dis­placed by ter­ror­ism are likely to visit Mauritius. It will suf­fer from the ris­ing com­pet­i­tive­ness of other peace­ful and sunny des­ti­na­tions (Cape Verde, Sey­chelles, etc). The val­ues are ex­pected to drop by 0.5% in Mau­ri­tian Ru­pees terms but will be sta­ble in US dol­lars terms al­though far be­low the peak level reached in 2016.

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