Tourist arrivals for the year 2002 attained 681,648 against 660,318 in 2001, representing an increase of 3.2%.
Around 91% of the tourists came mainly for holidays while 4.2% were on business/conference trips and another 3.5% were in transit.
Arrivals from Europe, which accounted for 66.2% of total tourist arrivals, went up by 3.2% to 451,504 during the year 2002 against 437,305 for the preceding year. Arrivals from France, our leading market, representing 29.8% of total tourist arrivals and 44.9% of the European market, increased by 2.7% to reach 202,869 in 2002. Growths were also noted in arrivals from the other major generating countries, namely Germany (+5.7%), United Kingdom (+3.6%) and Italy (+2.5%). Trends among the other countries were as follows: Spain (+10.1%), Belgium (+1.7%), Austria (+1.0%), Switzerland (-5.7%) and Sweden (-10.4%).
In 2002, arrivals from Africa, with a share of 25.3% of total tourist arrivals, recorded an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous year. Arrivals from Reunion Island, the major generating country of the region, registered an increase of 5.7%, while those from the Republic of South Africa dropped by 10.9%. Changes in arrivals from other African countries were as follows: Malagasy Republic (+41.1%), Seychelles (+26.0%), Comoros (+9.9%), Kenya (-13.1%) and Zimbabwe (-17.5%).
Tourist arrivals from the Asian market grew by 10.7% for the period under review and accounted for 6.0% of total tourist arrivals. Arrivals from India, the largest market of the continent, went up by 10.6% to attain 20,898. The following changes were observed from the other Asian countries: United Arab Emirates (+983.6%), Japan (+23.2%), People’s Republic of China (+17.5%), Singapore (-9.2%), Malaysia (-12.2%) and Hong Kong (-19.3%).
Arrivals from Oceania fell by 4.4%, mainly because of a drop of 4.6% in arrivals from Australia.
A decrease of 7.5% was noted in arrivals from America. This was the net result of growth from USA (+4.9%) and decline from Canada (-0.2%) and other American countries (-34.4%).
source: Ministry of Tourism & Leisure