With a 7 percent 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 travellers.
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 percent 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 totalled 7 196, an increase of 10.3 percent from the 2016 figure of 6 522. And, South Africa ranks as the fifth highest source market for the month, contributing 5.9 percent 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 percent from 19 609 in 2016), and a 13.4 percent share in tourist arrivals for the month. Taking the entire year into consideration, South Africa represented an 8.4 percent share of overall tourist arrivals (that totalled 1 341 860), a slight increase from the 8.2 percent 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 percent last year, with a total of 1.3 billion travellers. It expects this strong trend to continue this year, at an anticipated growth rate of 4-5 percent.
With international travel and tourism cited as a key economic driver for Mauritius to create jobs, grow the economy and prosper local communities, this is all good news.
A further endorsement for the idyllic Indian Ocean island as a favourite holiday destination came from the global company, Lonely Planet. It listed Mauritius among the Top 10 countries to visit in its recently-published Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018. Listed alongside such destinations as Chile, Portugal and New Zealand among others, placed Mauritius firmly among some of the world’s top destinations. And, it’s not hard to see why!
With its stunning white beaches, dazzling sapphire seas, a warm tropical climate, diverse cultures, delicious cuisine, and an array of exciting sporting and adventure activities on offer, as well as some of the most romantic wedding and honeymoon settings on earth, Mauritius presents an abundance of reasons to place it at the top of your bucket list of dream travel destinations.
It is also just a short, four-hour flight from South Africa, with flights departing from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. No visa is required for South African travellers, which takes another travel hassle out of deciding where to book your next holiday. And, the wide selection of accommodation on offer, from 5-star ultra-luxury hotels to all-inclusive hotel packages, beautiful villas and self-catering apartments, makes this island destination even more appealing to local travellers.
The destinations selected for the Lonely Planet publication must offer travellers an outstanding experience in the coming year, and this could be that something special is going on.
That is certainly the case with Mauritius, as the island will be celebrating a momentous milestone in its history – the 50th Anniversary of Independence. Gearing up for this special celebration, a series of national events and activities are currently being organised to culminate in March 2018.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit www.RatherbeinMauritius.co.za and find the perfect package to satisfy your dream island holiday.
SOURCE: MEROPA COMMUNICATIONS