Mauritius tourism receipts up 10%

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Mauritius recorded a 10% rise in tourism revenues for the year ended February 28 compared with the previous 12 months, data showed on Thursday, supporting forecasts of a robust recovery in the key sector.

“Tourist receipts for the period March 2010 to February 2011 rose by 10% to reach 39,81 billion rupees compared to 36,19 billion registered over the previous corresponding period,” The Bank of Mauritius said in a statement.

February tourism revenues rose 10% year-on-year to 3,66 billion rupees, it said.

Tourism typically generates about 10% of gross domestic product for Mauritius’s $10 billion economy.