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The island of paradise is open for business

It’s known as one of Africa’s top holiday destinations – with just under 1.3 million tourists visiting every year, it’s hard to believe how far the country’s tourism industry has come in comparison to the last 20 years.

One of Africa’s third smallest countries, Mauritius is home to 1.2 million people of which 300 000 are directly employed and, a further 100 000 are indirectly employed by the tourism sector.

Contributing over 55 billion rupees to the Mauritian economy, the tourism earnings are very consequential and makes up 7.8% of the country’s GDP.

Growing at a significant rate, the country has seen over 10% growth in 2015 and 2016, a number set to growth in 2017 with new tourist arrivals from its primary markets.

France is our primary market followed by the UK, Réunion Island and South Africa is definitely on our top 5 – South African tourists are a very key market for us.

Kevin Ramkaloan, Chief Executive of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority

Back on a growth trend with two years of sustained growth, Mauritius has good potential for further investment in the property sector – creating the possibility of presenting second home purchase opportunities for foreign citizens.

There is a synergy between the South Africa market and Mauritius for this second home tourism – and I think this is also an area of investment.

Kevin Ramkaloan, Chief Executive of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority

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