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Maldives Lose Their Popularity While Mauritius is Up

News The Maldives feature declines in their results for first five months of 2012, while Mauritius became more popular despite the fact that both destinations had their supply grow throughout the year. This information was released by STR Global.

The supply of hotels in the Maldives added 2.0% in 2011. During first five months of 2012 it added more 3.2% comparing to the same period of 2011. The demand for the same period was fluctuating. It grew by 10.2% in 2011, and lost 3.8% during 5 months of 2012. One of main reasons for such decline is the ban lifted by the local government to hotel spas. This step caused very negative response from both travel agencies and foreign travellers. Later this rule was overturned, but the political unrest in Male somewhat ruined the image of peaceful paradise-like islands. Because of this uncertainty the occupancy for five months of 2012 lost additional 6.8% and estimated 66.9%. Despite this ADR has increased by 19.1% to the total of US$697.52 and up to 31.4% in local currency. What’s interesting, the source markets of travellers who come to the Maldives have changed. Previously the Europeans (including the UK) were among the most frequent visitors, but now their share is declining. At the same time China becomes one of the main source markets as the number of its travellers only grows.

Mauritius, which is located approximately 2,100 miles southwest of the Maldives, is in a different situation. The island has more than 12,000 guestrooms and becomes a hot spot for Europeans, especially for visitors from France. During January-May 2012 the occupancy added 1.9% to 71.3%, and ADR added 2.1% in Mauritian rupees (US$214.79) and 6.5% in euros. This year hotels by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Centara Hotels & Resorts are expected to open in the island, adding 355 rooms to its supply.


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