Mauritius, officially named the Republic of Mauritius, is an archipelago of 2040 km2, located 2000 km off the east coast of the African continent. This archipelago is made up of 6 islands: Rodrigues, Agaléga, the Saint-Brandon archipelago, the Chagos archipelago, Tromelin island and Mauritius.
Mauritius is very well served by air transport and is less than 12 hours from London and 6 hours from Dubai.
It is also less than 40 minutes from France, thanks to the proximity of Reunion Island.
Bringing the number of European tourists to 780 209 in 2017, an increase of 6.2%.
The French tourist remains by far the leader with 273,419 travellers from France. A figure to which must be added the 146 040 tourists coming from the island of Reunion.
Tourism figures to be compared with the increase in real estate investments in Mauritius. The RES and more recently PDS programmes attract many foreign investors, nearly 40% of which are French investors. They take advantage of this opportunity to offer themselves a pied-à-terre on a paradise island and can in some cases obtain a residence permit in Mauritius.
Mauritius is world famous for its prestige and luxury tourism with nearly 120 hotels offering more than 13,000 rooms.
In 2017, the tourism sector reached a new record of 1,341,860 tourists, more than the population of the island.
With a 5.2% increase over the previous year, Mauritius continues to break attendance records.
More than half of the tourists are from Europe, mainly France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Spain.