The Bank of Mauritius is maintaining the forecast of tourism earnings for the year 2018 at Rs 62.5 billion. This figure represents an increase of 3.7% compared to Rs 60.3 billion recorded in 2017.

According to a press communique issued by Statistics Mauritius, total passenger arrivals for the period January to March 2018 amounted to 475,175 representing an increase of 5.4% when compared to 450,799 passenger arrivals in the corresponding period of 2017. During the same period, 503,879 passengers departed from Mauritius, showing an increase of 3.9% over the figure of 485,010 departures in the first Quarter of 2017.

Tourist arrivals for the first Quarter 2018 reached 356,415 up by 4.9% compared to the first Quarter 2017. The performance of our top 10 markets for the period January to March 2018 was: France (+3.3%), Reunion Island (-5.0%), Germany (+24.2%), United Kingdom (+8.6%), Republic of South Africa (+26.3%), People's Republic of China (-17.3%), India (-0.2%), Switzerland (+17.4%), Italy (-1.0%) and Sweden (-4.5%).

The average room occupancy rate for all licensed hotels in operation for the first Quarter 2018 was 77% (79% for the 1st Quarter 2017) while bed occupancy rate averaged 70% (same as 1st Quarter 2017).

Based on latest available data on tourist arrivals and information gathered from stakeholders, the forecast of 1,410,000 tourist arrivals for the year 2018 is maintained. This represents an increase of 5.1% over the figure of 1,341,860 in 2017.

Source: Government of Mauritius