Mauritus upgrades 2011 tourism forecast; growth from emerging Asian economies
Mauritius' Tourism Minister Nandcoomar Bodha stated growth in its tourism industry is expected to exceed initial estimates in 2011 as the nation attracts more visitors from emerging Asian economies, including India and China (Bloomberg, 07-Jan-2011). Mr Bodha stated the industry expanded by around 7% in 2010 with growth of around 4% anticipated in 2011, higher than the previous forecast of 3.4%. Mauritius is forecast to receive 950,000 visitors in 2011, generating USD1.3 billion in revenues. Meanwhile, Air Mauritius is likely to launch services to China by mid-2011, and is considering locating a hub in Singapore, Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur.