Mauritius aims to more than double its annual tourist arrivals from India to 125,000 by 2015, Minister of Finance Pravind Jugnauth said yesterday.
The island currently draws most of its tourists from Europe and its main exports – sugar and textiles – end up in the west.
“We have set a target of increasing the number of tourists from India to reach 125,000 by 2015,” Jugnauth told a business forum.
The Asian market, which accounted for 8.1% of total tourist arrivals in 2010, grew by 22.3% to reach 75,985 last year. India remained the major source with 49,779 tourists.
Tourism typically generates about 10% of gross domestic product for Mauritius’ $10 billion economy. European tourists account for some two-thirds of arrivals.
Other top African destinations for western visitors have also been looking towards the east to grow their share of tourists and cushion the industry from any falls in the number of European visitors.