Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maledives are winning more German visitors to their exotic beaches, the fvw Destination Ranking shows. The island groups are the strongest-growing destinations in the Indian Ocean and Oceania region, ahead of ‘once in a lifetime’ favourites such as Australia and New Zealand.
Mauritius is the absolute winner, having doubled the number of overnight stays by German visitors over the last five years to nearly 1.5 million in 2018, which was 14% ahead of the previous year. The island is proving a hit in many source markets, with total international stays up by a third to nearly 14 million last year.
The Seychelles have put themselves on the map as well, with a 77% increase in overnight stays by German tourists over the last five years, topping the 600,000 level last year. This was a strong 21% rise on the previous year. Overall, the number of overnight stays by international visitors is up by over 50% over the last five years.
Similarly, the Maldives can look back on a good performance on the German market over the last few years. The island group generated more than a million overnight stays by German tourists last year, which was 25% more than five years ago.
Australia remains the top destination in the region by far, with a very high average length of stay. Overnight stays by Germans have risen steadily in recent years to reach nearly 9.4 million in 2018, which was about the same as the previous year. In contrast, neighbour New Zealand registered a drop in German overnight stays last year but these still topped 4.5 million.
Among smaller destinations, Fiji is making a name for itself on the German market with a 6.5% rise to nearly 10,000 German visitors last year.