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Let Down by China, Mauritius Turns to Saudi Arabia for Growth

  • Concerns are heightened by prospect of Brexit and weak pound
  • Hotel operators, government bicker over stray dogs, traffic
Toursists relax on a beach in Turtle Bay, Mauritius.
Toursists relax on a beach in Turtle Bay, Mauritius.Photographer: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images
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Let down by falling numbers of Chinese visitors and fretting about Brexit, the tourism industry of Mauritius is turning to an unexpected savior: Saudi Arabia.

While surging numbers of Chinese visitors to the Indian Ocean island’s resorts helped underpin an 11% annual growth rate in tourists in 2015, that slowed to 4.3% last year, partially as a result of the scrapping of direct flights by China Southern Airlines Co.