BMI View: Visitor numbers are due to increase over our forecast period. However, there is a danger of downturn if Brexit has a serious effect on the pound, and tourists from the UK, a key market, start to look for cheaper travel options. Mauritius has many luxury and high-end properties but lacks diversity in midrange hotels, a potential that could be addressed. Although the ban on new developments has now been lifted for over 6 months, activity has been slightly slower than anticipated. We expect, however, to see a number of new properties on the island over the coming years - many major international and domestic chains have indicated plans for expansion in Mauritius. Currently, ongoing problems involving piracy in the seas around Mauritius could affect the potentially lucrative cruise ship market. However, many airlines have stated that new routes will be established, opening up several new source markets for Mauritius.
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In 2017, we forecast inbound tourism to hit 1.3mn, a y-o-y increase of 3.6%. This slower-than-expected growth has been due to political uncertainty and concerns over the effects of Brexit. Over the forecast period, however, we do expect growth to pick up once more and by 2021 total visitor numbers will be close to 1.7mn.