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Mauritius raises 2016 tourism earnings forecast by 1.8%

Aug 19 2016 12:15

Port Louis - Mauritius said on Friday that tourism revenue in 2016 will be 1.8% higher than it had previously forecast, after a surge in visitors during the first half.

Tourism is a valuable source of foreign exchange for the tiny Indian Ocean country known for its luxury spas and beaches.

Earnings from the sector are now expected to reach 56bn rupees this year, up from an earlier forecast of 55bn in May, according to Statistics Mauritius, an official body.

Last year, tourism earnings totalled 50.2bn rupees.

The statistics agency also raised its forecast for 2016 arrivals to 1 250 000 tourists from 1 240 000. Visitors in 2015 numbered 1 151 723.

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