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This show adopts a 360-degree approach to looking into tourism in Africa and the landscape of the business of travels in Africa. We focus on driving conversation and showcasing Africa as a destination. We discuss critical issues within Africa’s Tourism/Travel Industry; We seek to hold insights driven conversation on the industry trend.
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Mauritius Remains Highly Euro-centric In Terms of Travel/Tourism - World Leisure Holidays
Africa Business Radio — Ramesh Jeenarain, GM of World Leisure Holidays. Ramesh is a Mauritian and has been in SA for a number of years. He has an extensive knowledge of the travel industry in both SA and in Mauritius.
David speaks to Ramesh on the current trends in Travel And Tourism in Mauritius.
With a 7% increase in arrivals from South Africa to the paradise island of Mauritius for the year ended December 2017, it is clear that this luxurious, 5-star holiday destination remains very much in demand for local travelers.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) is particularly pleased with the performance of tourist arrivals from South Africa during the past 12 months. 2017 ended on a positive note for visitors from South Africa to Mauritius, with an overall 7% increase in arrivals year on year to 112 129, compared to 104 834 in 2016. The new year has also started off on a positive note. In January 2018, South African arrivals to the island totaled 7 196, an increase of 10.3% from the 2016 figure of 6 522. And, South Africa ranks as the fifth highest source market for the month, contributing 5.9% of market share.
In December, South Africa was the second best source market for arrivals to the island destination (behind France) with 20 838 arrivals (up 6.3% from 19 609 in 2016), and a 13.4% share in tourist arrivals for the month. Taking the entire year into consideration, South Africa represented an 8.4% share of overall tourist arrivals (that totaled 1 341 860), a slight increase from the 8.2% share for 2016, and was ranked the fifth best performing market (behind France, the UK, Reunion Island and Germany).
This upturn in the arrival figures to Mauritius bodes well for a similar pattern unfolding as we head into 2018. According to the latest figures released by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation in its World Tourism Barometer, international arrivals globally also grew by a remarkable 7% last