2018 a good year for Mauritius tourism with expected 4.8 pct rise in earningsNovember 25, 2017
Reuters said Mauritius expects tourism revenue to rise 4.8 percent in 2018 owning to a surge in visitor numbers, based on the statistics office figures.
Statistics Mauritius said it forecast tourism earnings to climb to 61.6 billion rupees ($1.83 billion) from an estimated 58.8 billion for 2017.
Tourism revenue were calculated at 55.9 billion rupees in 2016.
Tourism is a valuable source of foreign exchange for the Indian Ocean island, known for its luxury spas and beaches.
The statistics office said it expected tourist arrivals to rise to 1,425,000 next year from an estimated 1,360,000 for 2017.
Mauritius attracted 934,679 visitors from January to September, up 6.1 percent rise from the same period a year earlier.
The Tourism Ministry through its associates are also promoting Halal Tourism and Halal Food in the country in a bid attract more Muslim tourists to visit the country.
The Mauritius Tourism Promotion Association has made the Halal segment one of its priority for the 2018 season.