Tourism Tattler - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

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.

For de­tailed anal­y­sis visit­ket/africa/Mau­ri­tius

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