Vacationer consultants and professionals are adamant that the trade in Mauritius has by no means triggered a lot concern. Is that this the top of a cycle for a sector that has been a stimulus for the nation’s economic system? The report is actually appalling. A median decline of four.5% was recorded for all Mauritius tourism markets within the first quarter of 2019 in comparison with the identical time final yr.
For the months of April and Could, the scenario will not be reassuring with development nonetheless destructive and the occupancy fee of 62% in opposition to 67% in 2018. Throughout the identical quarter, the common was 73%, a lower of four% in comparison with the corresponding interval final yr.
“There have been 15,476 fewer vacationers from January to March. We have now not seen this for years,” says Jocelyn Kwok, CEO of the Affiliation of Hoteliers and Resorts of Mauritius. He provides that trying on the predominant markets, which symbolize about 70% of the Mauritius tourism clientele, he sees important falls through the first quarter.
Mauritius recorded 5,644 fewer vacationers from China, four,433 from Reunion Island, 2,819 from the UK and 957 from India. Ditto for the German market, which fell by 10%. The final time Mauritius has skilled destructive development for 3 consecutive months goes again ten years, a scenario that occurred within the wake of the chikungunya epidemic.
Distinction to Seychelles and Sri Lanka
Carefully analyzing the numbers of the principle opponents of Mauritius from January to March this yr, it must be famous that the Seychelles, that are additionally within the Indian Ocean, noticed their vacationer arrivals from Germany rose by 41%, from France by 17% and from Switzerland by 29%. One other main competitor, the Maldives, noticed a rise of 16% of influx from France throughout January and February, in addition to an increase of 63% of Britons.
As for Sri Lanka, one other vacation spot that straight competes with Mauritius, the posture is similar. This nation has recorded a rise of greater than 6% when it comes to British arrivals, 9% from Switzerland and 18% from Australia within the first three months of the yr.
The issue in high quality
What’s the drawback? In accordance with consultants, the vacation spot is dropping its luster. Within the final survey of the notion of the vacation spot, solely 19% of tourists thought-about the standard of Mauritius as a vacation spot as “glorious” in opposition to 40% in 2015.
There are lots of issues throughout the nation which have led to this growth, from plastic bottles mendacity round, stray canine or lack of workforce. It stays to be seen if Mauritius will be capable to reply adequately and revive a struggling trade in these tough instances.