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Mauritius predicts more tourism earnings

The government of the island of Mauritius has forecast higher earnings from tourism this year than in 2006.

The booming tourism industry on the African island of Mauritius is expected to lead to revenue of 38.84 billion Mauritius rupees (£631.3 million) this year.

If the forecast from the country's central statistics office proves accurate, it would represent a 21.6 per cent rise in earnings from the 31.94 billion rupees of 2006.

Last year some 788,276 people visited the island and this is expected to climb to around 900,000 this year, Reuters reports.

In October alone Mauritius welcomed over 81,200 tourists, up 7.7 per cent from the figures recorded at the same time in 2006.

The first nine months of this year brought 28.4 billion rupees into the country through tourism, 28.8 per cent more than the 22.06 billion rupees that flowed into the economy between January and September 2006.

Mauritius has a target to welcome two million tourists a year by 2015, which would equate to annual growth of ten per cent.

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