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Mauritius Needs Up to 14 More Flights Weekly, Hotel Group Says

November 23, 2011

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Mauritius will need from 12 to 14 weekly additional flights by 2013 to match the advance in hotel room capacity, said Jocelyn Kwok, chief executive officer of the the country’s hotel and restaurant association.

“The number of rooms has increased 15 percent since 2007,” Kwok, who leads the Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs de l’Ile Maurice, said in a transcript of an interview in l’Express newspaper. “Air seats to Mauritius have decreased by more than 2 percent.”

Tourism, with textiles, is the Indian Ocean island nation’s largest earners of foreign currency, data from Statistics Mauritius show. Europe, led by France, is the main source of tourist arrivals for the country. New Mauritius Hotels Ltd., Sun Resorts Ltd., and Naiade Resorts Ltd. are the biggest leisure operators by market value.

The occupancy rate in 2011 will be about 65 percent, Kwok said, below the profit-making threshold of “numerous hotels.”

--Editors: Ana Monteiro, Ben Holland

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To contact the reporter on this story: Kamlesh Bhuckory in Port Louis via Johannesburg at gbell16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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