BMI View: Mauritius is a popular and well-established tourist destination. It benefits from offering a range of attractions from great beaches to unique wildlife and caters for a good range of budgets, albeit with a slight bias on high-end tourism. We therefore expect visitor numbers to continue rising throughout the forecast period, although this may be affected by any further significant falls in the value of sterling and the ensuing consequences for tourists from the UK. Mauritius is building strong bonds with a number of other key source markets, most notably India, and is developing good air travel links with a variety of regional and international destinations. The accommodation sector is becoming more mobile again after the ban on new developments, although we expect to see the majority of new properties emerging from early 2018. Indeed, many of the major international hotel chains have expressed a desire to expand both within Mauritius and regionally. Although crime issues remain in some tourist areas and the threat of terror incidents and piracy linger in the region, Mauritius is generally seen as a safe and welcoming tourist destination.