Mauritius aims to attract one million tourists this year

 Thursday, March 31, 2022 


With post-Covid tourists spending more and staying longer in Mauritius, the island destination seems quite happy. However, it has the self-imposed objective to attract one million tourists this year.

With majority of its source markets closed, almost 80 percent of Mauritius’ inbound tourists are from Europe. The average length of stay among these tourists has now gone up from 10 days to 14 days. The international tourist spending has also increased 25 percent, said ArvindBundhun, the director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.

Mauritius, the tiny Indian Ocean island nation with just 1.3 million residents, has witnessed almost 300,000 tourists from the time of its reopening (October 2021 to mid-March 2022).

With just nine months left to reach the desired one million mark, the tourism arrivals between March and December this year need to be a little more than 900,000.

To quote Bundhun, “Diversification is essential. As a result, the destination, largely catering to luxury tourists, has now launched a premium visa scheme offering long-term visas to tap the every-burgeoning market of digital nomads. The demand is very high among this segment of digital nomads and retirees. Around 3000 people have applied for the premium visa, 2000 of them have already arrived in Mauritius.”

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