Statistics Mauritius corrected, through its latest publication on tourism trends published this morning, its estimate of arrivals this year. Instead of a million visitors, Statistics Mauritius expects 990,000 arrivals, representing an increase of 2.5% compared to the number reached in 2012 (965 441). In terms of tourism receipts, and taking into account the expectations of the Bank of Mauritius, it is expected that atteingnent Rs 46.1 billion, an increase of 3.9% compared to 2012.
Taking stock of tourist arrivals for the first quarter of 2013, Statistics Mauritius finds that there was an increase of 1.5% compared to the same period last year, 265,838 against 261,995 visitors. Approximately 94% of these visitors came for a holiday, 3.5% on a business trip or to attend conferences and the rest in transit. Tourist arrivals from Europe, the main market, accounted for 59.7% of overall turnover. They were down 7.5% (171 669-158 722), reflecting difficult market conditions particularly in the euro area. The number of tourists from France fell 12.8% to 78,120. The French market was 49.2% in the number of European tourists.
The second largest market in Europe, namely the United Kingdom, grew by 17.7% to stand at 21,150. Germany also did better in 2012 with a total of 16,565 tourists (14.1%). Switzerland (19.1%), Belgium (11.1%) and Sweden (+8.5%) are the other countries show positive rates. By against Spain (-25.5% to 1,519) and Italy (-30% to 10,010), two hard hit by the crisis, have suffered substantial setbacks. We note, moreover, that the Russian market lost 30.3%, with a total of 5,113 tourists.
Regarding the performance of the African region, Mauritius Statistics reports that there was a 16% increase in arrivals (from 59 955 à 69 553), Reunion Island (+21.9% to 41,742) and South Africa (4.4% to 19,736), the two large regional markets, providing the impetus. Madagascar, for its part, recorded an increase of 19.9% with a total of 3,455 visitors.
India and China, with respectively 13,402 and 9,323 tourists consolidate their places first markets in Asia, with growth rates of 16.3% and 67.3%. However, the largest increase of the large Asian market is to the credit of the United Arab Emirates (205.6% in 1687), followed by Hong Kong (106.4 to 386%). In addition, the Australian market, with 3028 visitors was positive rate of 3.1% in contrast to the U.S. market (1317 tourists) which fell 42.7%.
About 3 million tourist nights were recorded for the first quarter of 2013, representing an increase of 1.4% compared to the level from January to March 2012. The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 65% on average compared to 69% for the same period of 2012. The bed occupancy rate also decreased (from 61% to 57%). It should be noted that 117 hotel establishments with a total of 12,676 rooms (25,887 beds) were in operation at the end of March 2013. Large establishments, those with more than 80 rooms, achieved an occupancy rate of 68%, a decrease compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year (70%).
Tourist receipts amounted to Rs 12.1 billion against Rs 13.8 billion for the first three months of 2012. We observe that despite the 1.5% increase in arrivals recorded for the first quarter 2013, revenues were down.
May 25th JUNE 2: Rodrigues week to boost the destination
The Culture Rodrigues moves to Mauritius to encourage Mauritians to visit the island. This is the goal behind Rodrigues week, organized by the Tourism Commission, to be held from May 25 to June 2 in different regions of the island. The Chief Commissioner, Serge Clair, next Saturday will kick off this week Rodrigues activities Bagatelle.
Songs, dances, food preparation, artwork ... The richness of the culture will be on display Rodrigues in Mauritius for a week. This series of activities has been organized by the Tourism Commission, in collaboration with the Regional Assembly and the Office of Tourism to encourage Mauritians to visit the island.
Folk troupe Wood Pasner and a delegation of artisans, entrepreneurs and tour operators, among others, will travel at this time.
"We want that during this week, all Mauritius come to meet Rodrigues, in discovery mode for one or rediscovery for others. Mauritius is the first tourist market Rodrigues and there are still many opportunities to develop this market providing even more reasons for Mauritians visiting Rodrigues. That is why we want to put the package so that all eyes are trained on Maurice Rodrigues throughout this week and even long after, "said Commissioner of Tourism, Richard Payendee.
Besides tourism, entrepreneurship Rodrigues will also be honored. Product sales will take place in various malls across the island. "During this week Rodrigues, we will also officially launch products Community Kitchen" Limon Gold '"says curator for the development of entrepreneurship, Franchette Pierre Gaspard-Louis.
The week Rodrigues will also be marked by a workshop between the tour operators of the two islands. The activities will be held in the following points: Bagatelle (25 May), Pte Canon Mahébourg (26 May), Jumbo Phœnix (27 and 28 May), VIP Flacq (29 and 30 May), Place Cap Tamarin (31 May), Super U de Grand-Baie (1st and 2 June).
At each site, there will be cultural events, selling food products and crafts and tourism promotion on Rodrigues.