Tourism Revenue decreased by a drastic 3.5%

Tourism revenue in Mauritius fell by 3.5% in the first half of the year as earnings per tourist dropped, official data showed on Friday.

Statistics Mauritius said that revenue in what is a key industry for the Indian Ocean Island fell to 21.78bn rupees ($616m) from 22.57bn rupees in the same period last year.

The number of tourists who visited the Island famed for its azure waters, beaches and luxury spas rose 8.9% year on year to 534 182, but earnings per visitor declined by 11.4%.

The agency added that the Bank of Mauritius has cut its revenue forecast for this year to 46.5bn rupees from 48.5bn, though the new projection still represents a 5% increase on 2014.

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