This report presents data on International Travel and Tourism for the first nine months of 2020. It is to be noted that following the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide, the national borders of Mauritius and other African countries were closed down as from 20 March 2020 to 30 September 2020. Click on the Download Button below to download this 17 page detailed report in PDF format. During the first nine months of 2020, tourist arrivals in Mauritius decreased by 68.6%. Decreases were also observed for Seychelles (-66.1%) and Maldives (-67.6%). Total tourist arrivals decreased by 68.6% from 973,642 to 305,612; those arriving by air decreased by 70.9% from 948,261 to 276,130, while those arriving by sea increased by 16.2% from 25,381 to 29,482. Among those arriving by sea, 28,497 were cruise tourists compared to 22,794, representing a growth of 25.0%, mostly explained by arrivals during the first quarter of 2020. Compared to the first nine months of 2019, tourist arrivals decreased by 668,030 or 68.6% to reach 305,612 for the corresponding period of 2020 The main source of data for the compilation of passenger traffic statistics is the Passport and Immigration Office, which maintains a database of all travellers entering and leaving the country. The data are collected from the passport of travellers, disembarkation cards filled in by non-residents and questions put to non-residents entering the country. At the end of every month, the electronic database of passenger traffic for that particular month is downloaded and supplied to the statistics unit…

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