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Mauritius holidays experiencing a "surge" in numbers of arrivals to the island

With tourism having reportedly increased by 8.5% in terms of revenue generated during the first half of the year 2010, Mauritius holidays seem to be enjoying a great momentum despite stumped growth across the European market.

Mauritius holidays experiencing a "surge" in numbers of arrivals to the island

Mauritius holidays have been recently experiencing a boom in tourism revenues, as the island reported a signigicant increase in numbers for the first half of the year, boosted by a strong growth in visitors from Asia, and more particularly from India.

According to official sources, tourism receipts for the Mauritius holidays industry rose 8.5 % to 19.5 billion rupees recorded in 2010's first six months, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Nevertheless, the island's strong recovery was weighed down by sluggish growth across its core European source market, due to the ongoing financial woes across the continent plus the devaluation of the Euro against the local currency.

The CSO revealed that as many as 439,150 tourists took Mauritius holidays during the first half of 2010. The centre is also sticking with its forecast of a 5 % growth in visitor numbers during 2010, rising the total figure to to 915,000.

Arrivals from the Asian market rose 21.2 % year-on-year, with India leading the surge.

In the meantime, just last week finance minister Pravind Jugnauth unveiled a $395 million programme to boost the export and tourism sectors to ensure the popularity of Mauritius holidays keeps growing among worldwide travellers.

The stimulus package, the island’s second in recent years aims to attract more visitors from the emerging markets of India, China and Russia.

Jugnauth also added that he hopes to double the number of Indian tourists to 115,000 by 2015.

The Indian Ocean island, which is famed for its beaches, azure waters and luxury Mauritiius hotels, relies heavily on the tourism industry. The hospitality and travel sector of Mauritius holidays accounted for 7.4 %of the island's GDP in 2009, down from 9.4 % and 8.7 % in 2007 and 2008 before the global financial crisis.

Mauritius holidays recently picked up a number of top awards at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Ceremony 2010, which was hosted in Johannesburg last month. Awards included “Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination”. Mauritius Air picked up “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline”, whilst Maradiva won “Mauritius’ Leading Resort”.

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