Tourism remains the main engine of Mauritius and the Seychelles' booming economies and that is likely to continue in the near future. The improvement of the economic situation in Europe brought French and German tourists back on the islands and, sadly, the security situation in many other sunny destinations in Africa benefited the Indian ocean atolls. Mauritius is ranked as the most peaceful and safest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 1,275,000 tourists visited this dream destination in 2016. The increased number of direct flights to Mauritius combined with the sustained promotion of the island by the tourism authorities boosted the demand. Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Austrian Airways as well as Euro-wings launched new routes to Port-Louis. The result is a 10.8% increase in tourist arrivals in 2016 vs. 2015.
Occupancy increased significantly, pushed by an increasing number of arrivals from France and Germany but also from new feeder markets such as India (+14.6%), Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Mauritius took advantage of an increasing demand from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Europe and average rates raised by more than 30% although it is still not back to 2014 levels. The future of tourism is positive with the government growing the economy and promoting new forms of tourism such as sports and films' tourism. Hotel values went up by 39.1%, recovering from a 24.1% drop in 2015.
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