BMI View: Mauritius enjoys a reputation as a top class tourist destination. The country offers great beaches and caters for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers. Many of the accommodation options are luxury hotels aimed at the higher-end market but lower budgets are well catered for by independent hostels and guesthouses. New developments are slated to commence in 2018 as ongoing significant refurbishments on many of the major hotels come to an end. Arrival figures are expected to rise throughout the forecast period especially as flight links and travel infrastructure is improved but the market faces risk in the form of any economic downturn in key markets such as the UK. To counter this, Mauritius is busy building strong bonds with emerging key markets such as India and Russia, whose citizens enjoy visa-free travel to the country. Although crime and corruption are both still issues within Mauritius and may hamper tourism growth, the problem of piracy on the surrounding ocean appears to be decreasing. This could lead to growth opportunities in the cruise ship industry which had been seriously affected.