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Mauritius celebrates the double-digit growth of its travel industry

The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has announced that the island nation received an 11 per cent increase in international visitors in 2016. According to the Tourism Authority, the idyllic island in the Indian Ocean received 1.28 million tourists last year, beating the 1.15 million recorded in 2015. There was also a nine per cent increase in travellers from the United Kingdom.

Mauritius celebrates the double-digit growth of its travel industry

The island nation of Mauritius is celebrating its second year of double-digit growth in international visitors. According to the Mauritius Tourism Authority, the country received 1.28 million visitors in 2016, an 11 per cent increase compared to the year before.

The number of tourists from the UK increased by nine per cent year on year, and the total number of European visitors reached 734,506, making up two thirds of the final total of international travellers. The increased visitor arrivals are said to have been helped by the Mauritius 365 campaign, which promoted the country’s low season (May to September) campaign, and highlighted the refurbishment of many of the island’s hotels, resorts and attractions.

The statistics office in Mauritius is predicting a 4.3 per cent increase in the number of international tourists in 2017 this year, with a target of 1.3 million. Tourism revenues reached nearly $1.4 billion in 2016, and are expected to reach approximately $1.6 billion this year.

Mauritius is a picturesque island that is home to tropical postcard-perfect landscapes including white sandy palm-fringed beaches, turquoise sea, and emerald hills. The country is a hotspot for romantic breaks, honeymoons, and family breaks where visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities, or enjoy the all-year-round sunshine.

For nature-loving tourists, there’s the Black River Gorges National Park with cascading waterfalls, thriving rainforests, and diverse wildlife species. The Crocodile and Giant Tortoise Park is a great place to catch sightings of these huge creatures and learn more about them.

Water-lovers can take part in fun activities in the sea such as kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, or scuba diving. The surrounding reefs are teeming with colourful marine creatures, and visitors can swim alongside sea turtles, parrot fish, groupers, angelfish, sergeant majors, trumpet and clown fish, and moray eels. Divers can enjoy crystal-clear waters and access to various sites including cliffs, caverns, reefs, pinnacles and sunken shipwrecks.

On the north-west coast of Mauritius is the capital city of Port Louis. Visitors can stroll along streets lined with historic buildings and sites such as the Forte Adelaide, the UNESCO-listed Aapravasi Ghat, and Place D’Armes. The bustling Caudan Waterfront is full of restaurants, cafes, and shops where tourists can pick up a local souvenir or handcrafted gift.

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