Mauritius Feb Tourist Arrivals Up 2.5 Percent

March 18, 2012

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Tourist arrivals in Mauritius rose 2.5 percent in February from a year earlier on the back of higher visitors from Europe, official figures show.

Finance minister, Xavier Duval, said it was a reversal from January where arrivals dropped 3 percent year on year.

"This is a good performance but we could do even better with an air access policy and a joint marketing plan between private and public sector," Duval said.

Tourism typically generates about 10 percent of the gross domestic product of Mauritius' USD$11 billion economy. European tourists account for some two-thirds of arrivals.

Statistics Mauritius said 79,331 tourists visited the Indian Ocean island, famed for its white sands and luxury spas, in February, up from 77,390 a year ago.

Visitor numbers from Europe rose 2.4 percent to 59,195 visitors, while numbers from Asia climbed 4.7 percent.