Tourism, third pillar of the economy after the E.P.Z manufacturing sector and agriculture, contribute significantly to economic growth and has been a key factor in the overall development of Mauritius. Tourism may be called to play an even more important role in the future because of the declining stage of the sugar industry. It creates exciting economic and employment opportunities throughout the country, and provides upcoming students with an exciting and worthwhile career.
MTPA is implementing initiatives aimed, not only promoting and marketing tourist products but also at improving, modernising and creating tourist infrastructures. Work is therefore being carried out to create new tourist products and restore heritage and cultural resources, with a view to their tourist usage.
Past performance and contributions to the economy: Chart 1-tourist arrivals from top ten markets, 2006-2007.
In recent years Tourism has experienced important development and the sector is becoming more and more dynamic, with wider range of alternatives. If the tourist industry accounted for 8.5% of GDP in the economy in 2007, that figure has now risen to 11% of GDP.
Tourist arrivals have been rising from 103,000 in 1977 to approximately 906,971 in 2007 (earning the sector 40.7 billion Mauritius rupees ($1.49 billion) in 2007)., about 68% of the tourist arrivals are of European origin and most of them are from France.
From 2005 to 2006 the tourism industry in Mauritius was badly affected due to epidemics of Chikungunia. As a result of a decrease in tourist during this period various protagonist of the Tourist Industry has done a lot of work to overcome this crisis. T
Quasi-liberal air access policy helps to increase the number of flights on Mauritius, However due to Petrol crisis Air Mauritius has been forced to reduce its destinations to certain destinations. Whereas the operating cost of airlines companies have increase... [continues]
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