March 22, 2012 / 6:34 AM / 8 years ago

Mauritius tourism earnings up 12.1 pct in year to Jan

PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Tourism revenues in Mauritius rose 12.1 percent in the year ended January 31, on higher visitors arrivals, data showed on Wednesday.

“Tourist receipts for the period February 2011 to January 2012 rose by 12.1 percent to reach 44.2 billion rupees compared to 39.4 billion registered over the previous corresponding period,” the Bank of Mauritius said in a statement.

It said 961,592 tourists had visited the Indian Ocean island from February 2011 to January 2012 compared to 944,857 a year earlier.

January tourism revenues rose 34.4 percent year-on-year to 5.5 billion rupees, the bank said.

Tourism typically generates about 10 percent of gross domestic product for Mauritius’s $10 billion economy. European tourists account for some two-thirds of visitors.

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