Mauritius tourist arrivals fall 9.3%

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PORT LOUIS – Mauritius visitor numbers fell 9.3 percent to 413,504 during the first sixth months of 2009 compared with the same period last year, official data showed on Wednesday.

Tourism is a key economic driver and source of foreign exchange for the palm-fringed Indian Ocean island.

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‘Tourist arrivals decreased by 9.3 percent from 455,758 in the first semester of 2008 to 413,504 in the first semester of 2009’, the tourism ministry said in a statement.