We have the pleasure to share with you the TRAVEL & TOURISM ECONOMIC IMPACT 2017 MAURITIUS REPORT by the WORLD TRAVEL & TOURISM COUNCIL. An annual report which all Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry professionals and business owners should consult and refer to every year.
The United Nations has designated 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As one of the world’s largest economic sectors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world.
In this report you will learn about the key economic divers behind our most important industry for Mauritius as well as key indicators and forecasts of the Direct/Total Contributors to GDP, Employment (Direct & Indirect), Visitor Exports, Leisure, Domestic, Business Spening and Capital Investment.
The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP reflects the ‘internal’ spending on Travel & Tourism (total spending within a particular country on Travel & Tourism by residents and non-residents for business and leisure purposes) as well as government ‘individual’ spending – spending by government on Travel & Tourism services directly linked to visitors, such as cultural (eg museums) or recreational (eg national parks). The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP in 2016 was MUR36.0bn (8.4% of GDP). This is forecast to rise by 2.5% to MUR36.8bn in 2017. This primarily reflects the economic activity generated by industries such as hotels, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation
services (excluding commuter services). But it also includes, for example, the activities of the restaurant and leisure industries directly supported by tourists.
GDP: DIRECT CONTRIBUTION
The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was MUR36.0bn (USD1.0bn), 8.4% of total
GDP in 2016 and is forecast to rise by 2.5% in 2017, and to rise by 4.7% pa, from 2017-2027, to MUR58.1bn
(USD1.6bn), 9.2% of total GDP in 2027.
GDP: TOTAL CONTRIBUTION
The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was MUR108.9bn (USD3.1bn), 25.6% of GDP in 2016, and is forecast to rise by 2.9% in 2017, and to rise by 4.7% pa to MUR177.0bn (USD5.0bn), 27.9% of GDP in 2027.
EMPLOYMENT: DIRECT CONTRIBUTION
In 2016 Travel & Tourism directly supported 45,500 jobs (8.2% of total employment). This is expected to remain unchanged in 2017 and rise by 1.9% pa to 55,000 jobs (9.4% of total employment) in 2027.
EMPLOYMENT: TOTAL CONTRIBUTION
In 2016, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry was 24.3% of total employment (135,000 jobs). This is expected to rise by 0.3% in 2017 to 135,500 jobs and rise by 1.7% pa to 161,000 jobs in 2027 (27.4% of total).
Visitor exports generated MUR64.9bn (USD1,818.3mn), 30.5% of total exports in 2016. This is
forecast to grow by 2.2% in 2017, and grow by 4.9% pa, from 2017-2027, to MUR107.0bn (USD3,001.2mn) in 2027, 31.1% of total.
Travel & Tourism investment in 2016 was MUR4.3bn, 5.3% of total investment (USD0.1bn). It should rise by 7.6% in 2017, and rise by 6.4% pa over the next ten years to MUR8.6bn (USD0.2bn) in 2027, 7.2% of total.
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