Tourism: is there a game-plan?

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The Mauritius tourism sector is currently faced with rapidly evolving trends. Be it the growth of emerging destinations, changing traveler behavior and changes in air travel. Experts also point out to the threat of stagnation.

Here are some quick industry figures: in 2013, the yearly growth in tourist arrivals in Mauritius was up by just 2.9%, Maldives grew by 17.4%, Sri Lanka by 26.7% and Seychelles by 10.7%. The total number of tourist arrivals in 2003 was 702 018, and in 2013 it was at 993106, according to AHRIM.

The average monthly occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 65% in 2011, 62% in 2012 and 63% in 2013, according to Statistics Mauritius. The industry needs to urgently address its demand-supply imbalance, fight stiff competition, and work out a clear air access policy (taking into account both the National Air policy and the Air Mauritius policy).  In this story, stakeholders and experts voice out their perspective and concerns.

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