The government has made efforts to promote upscale tourism and attract visitors from more countries. In 2000, 656,453 tourists visited Mauritius with receipts totaling $542 million. That year there were 8,657 hotel rooms with 17,776 beds and a 70% occupancy rate.
In addition to the nation's beaches, lagoons, and other scenic sites, tourist attractions include the colonial architecture of Port Louis, an extinct volcano in Curepipe, the fishing port and naval museum at Mahebourg, and the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousses.
No visas are required for nationals of many European countries and the US, provided a return or onward ticket can be produced on arrival.
The estimated daily cost of staying in Mauritius in 2002 was $205, according to UN estimates. Elsewhere the average cost per day can be around $80 per day.