The luxury island destinations of Mauritius and
the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, both of which rely heavily on
tourism from European markets, have been negatively impacted by
the global downturn.
According to the latest data from STR Global, both destinations experienced occupancy drops for the first
four months of the year, as their main European source markets
were hit by recession, falling employment and declining consumer
Mauritius and the Maldives are renowned for
their upscale to luxury image, which is well-represented in their
hotel offering. STR Global tracks the performance of
levels, at the 23 hotels in Mauritius and 17 hotels in the
Maldives that STR tracks, declined, average room rates increased slightly when
measured in local currency.
Mauritius’s occupancy fell 16
percentage points to 62.5%, compared to the Maldives’
15.1-percentage points decline to 70.5% for January through
Average room rates grew 2.8% and 6.9% in
Mauritius and Maldives, respectively. Unfortunately, the rate
increases could not hold up the revenue per available room
performances, which declined 18% in Mauritius and 12% in the Maldives.
Comparing the ADR results in euro
terms, the currency used by the majority of visitors to both
islands, a different picture emerges.
Maldives took the top spot
with an increase of 26% to €704, compared to Mauritius’s
3% decrease to €184 for the first four months of this year.
The currency fluctuation and weakening Euro against the Maldivian-Rufiyaas
made Maldives more expensive to its European clientele. The Maldives had an ADR premium of €520
over Mauritius for year-to-April 2009 compared to the same period
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