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Mauritius Records Increase in Tourist Numbers in First Quarter of 2017

The number of tourists that visited Mauritius in the first quarter of 2017 rose by 3.6 percent from a year ago, the country’s statistics bureau said on Monday.

This rise in the number of visiting tourists has been attributed to an increase in tourist numbers from Europe and Asia.

Tourism is a major source of income for the little Indian Ocean island state that is famed for its beautiful beaches and luxury spas.

Tourist arrivals in the first three months of 2017 rose to 339,682 from 327,836 last year, Statistics Mauritius said.

Visitors from Europe, who account for roughly two thirds of tourist numbers, rose 4.7 percent to 208,876. The number of tourists from Asia rose by 4.8 percent to 51,670.

The statistics agency however still expects visitor numbers to rise 5.0 percent to 1,340,000 this year.

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