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International Travel and Tourism Jan-Jun 2021

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide in 2020, the national borders of Mauritius were closed down as from 20 March 2020 to 30 September 2020.

As from 01 October 2020 to 09 March 2021, travel to and from certain destinations were allowed. In 2021, following the second wave of the COVID-19 in the country, the national borders were once more closed down as from 10 March to 14 July 2021.

Arrivals in 1st Semester 2021
Compared to 1st Semester 2020:
(i) total arrivals decreased from 424,127 to 12,027;
(ii) total tourist arrivals dropped from 304,881 to 3,225; those arriving by air decreased from
275,445 to 3,047, while those arriving by sea declined from 29,436 to 178

Departures in 1st Semester 2021
Compared to 1st Semester 2020:
(i) total departures declined from 474,750 to 20,889; and
(ii) departures of Mauritian residents decreased from 59,045 to 8,298 (Table 2).

Comparative figures for the first semesters of 2020 and 2021 for Mauritian departures by main country of disembarkation are given in Figure 1 and Table 2. In the 1st Semester of 2021, the main countries of disembarkation (country of final destination or transit country) for Mauritian residents were France (3,907 or 47.1%), United Arab Emirates (2,927 or 35.3%), India (616 or 7.4%), Reunion Island (298 or 3.6%), Republic of South Africa (253 or 3.0%) and Seychelles (173 or 2.1%).

Tourist Arrivals
Tourist arrivals in the first semester of 2021 from main markets were as follows:
France (601 or 18.6%), India (397 or 12.3%), Republic of South Africa (137 or 4.2%), Germany (94 or 2.9%), United Kingdom (87 or 2.7%) Reunion Island (51 or 1.6%) and Italy (45 or 1.4%).

Tourist arrivals by age
During the first semester of 2021, the number of tourists aged 60 years and above was 358 representing 11.1% of tourist arrivals and of whom 3.4% arrived by sea.

Tourist Nights
Compared to 1st Semester 2020:
-the number of nights spent by tourists who departed during 1st Semester 2021 decreased from 4,085,138 to 299,804; and
– the average length of stay increased from 11.6 to 92.2 nights (Table 8).

Employment
Employment data for the tourism sector obtained from the Survey of Employment and Earnings, relate to employment in food service, hotels and travel and other services establishments with 10 or more workers. Latest available data for March 2020 (Table 11) indicate that employment in these establishments increased by 3.3% to 32,873 as compared to 31,827 for March 2019.

Accommodation
(i) Licensed hotels in the Island of Mauritius
As at end of June 2021, there were 111 licensed hotels of which 6 were temporarily closed due to renovation works and 24 hotels were used as quarantine centres. The total room capacity of the remaining 81 hotels was 9,358 with 20,663 bed places (Table 9).

During 1st Semester 2021,
– the room occupancy rate of all licensed hotels in operation averaged 9%, lower compared to 34% in 1st Semester 2020; and
– the bed occupancy rate was 7% lower compared to 30% in 1st Semester 2020 (Table 10).

(ii)‘Large’ hotels in the Island of Mauritius
At the end of June 2021, there were 60 ‘large’ hotels (i.e. well-established beach hotels with more than 80 rooms) of which 6 were temporarily closed due to renovation works and 15 hotels were used as quarantine centres. The total room capacity of the remaining 39 ‘large’ hotels was 7,057 with 15,761 bed places. These ‘large’ hotels represent 48% of all licensed hotels in operation but comprise 75% of total room capacity and 76% of total bed places (Table 9).

During 1st Semester 2021,
– the room occupancy rate of ‘large’ hotels was 9% lower than the 35% registered in 1st Semester 2020;
– the bed occupancy rate was 7% lower than the 31% recorded in 1st Semester 2020

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