The number of tourists visiting Mauritius rose 2.8 percent for the nine months to September to 694,443, helped by an increase in visitors from Asia, official data showed on Friday.
The number of visitors from Asia to the Indian Ocean island increased by 29 percent to 98,550 while arrivals from Europe fell 2.3 pct to 374,540.
Struggling with a festering debt crisis and stagnant economic growth, Europeans have cut down on the number of long-haul holidays taken to destinations like Mauritius.
Wary of its reliance on Europe, Mauritius and regional rivals like the Seychelles islands are increasingly looking to new markets in Asia to drive growth in tourism.
Arrivals from China jumped 97.1 percent to 30,419, while those from India rose 7.2 percent to 43,376 in the nine months to September.
Statistics Mauritius also said total arrivals rose by 8.4 percent to 71,951 in the month of September alone.
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