Total passenger arrivals for the period January to June 2018 amounted to 865,516 representing an increase of 3.9% when compared to 833,079 passenger arrivals in the corresponding period of 2017. During the same period, 906,272 passengers departed from Mauritius, showing an increase of 3.8% over the figure of 872,986 departures in the first Semester of 2017.
Tourist arrivals for the first semester 2018 reached 646,865 up by 3.4% compared to the first semester 2017. The performance of our top 10 markets for the period January to June 2018 was: France (+6.8%), Reunion Island (-9.1%), United Kingdom (+2.9%), Germany (+11.9%), Republic of South Africa (+16.2%), India (+2.9%), People’s Republic of China (-13.5%), Switzerland (+6.2%), Italy (-2.1%) and Austria (+0.3%).
The average room occupancy rate for all licensed hotels in operation for the first semester 2018 was 73% (74% for the 1st Semester 2017) while bed occupancy rate averaged 66% (same as 1st Semester 2017). Based on latest available data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of tourist arrivals for 2018 is maintained at 1,395,000, representing an increase of 4.0% over the figure of 1,341,860 in 2017.
The Bank of Mauritius has revised the forecast of tourism earnings for 2018 upwards from Rs 62.5 billion to Rs 64 billion. This figure represents an increase of 6.2% compared to Rs 60.3 billion recorded in 2017.
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
24 August 2018