PORT LOUIS, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Mauritian tourism revenue is expected to rise 5.2 percent this year as the number of visitors increases, the statistics office said on Thursday.
Tourism earnings for 2017 are expected to reach 58.8 billion rupees ($1.78 billion) instead of 58 billion rupees forecast earlier, compared with 55.9 billion rupees last year.
Tourism is a valuable source of foreign exchange for the island nation, known for its luxury spas and Indian Ocean beaches.
Mauritius attracted 625,859 tourists in the first half of this year, up 6.7 percent from a year earlier. In the same period, tourism revenue jumped 7.8 percent to 29.31 billion rupees. ($1 = 33.0900 Mauritius rupees) (Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Aaron Maasho and Mark Trevelyan)