Tourist flows in Reunion Island (Survey with travelers from this airports of Roland Garros and Saint-Pierre Pierrefonds)

Dernière mise à jour le : 17/12/2012

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction Régionale La Réunion-Mayotte

Partenariat :

Association " Réunion Island Tourism " IRT

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

This survey allows to have biannual and annual quantitative information on the tourists visiting the Reunion Island to follow the development of this sector mattering in the local economy.

It is a question of measuring the number of tourists who frequent Reunion Island but also to know their main characteristics as the nationality, the age, the socio-professional group, their geographical origin and to quantify their expenses to measure the economic effects of tourism.

A particular focus is also drawn to departures of the residents from Reunion Island.

Thèmes abordés :

-Number and characteristics of tourists,

-the motivation of the travel and the characteristics of their tourism stay motifs (duration, mode of accommodation, visits);

-the expenditure by items. and by "categories" of tourists;

-the volume of departures of the residents from Reunion Island.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :


Champ(s) statistique(s) couvert(s) :

" Budgetary Unit "; that is the group of persons travelling together and sharing the expenses.

Caractéristiques techniques

Périodicité de l'opération :

Annual, continuously

Période et mode de collecte :

The collection tooks place from January 1st to December 31th of every year.

The questionnaire is distributed to all the households of the selected flights before registered their luggage.

Historique :

Annual survey since 1989.

Plan de sondage :

It does not contain an over-representation during the periods of strong influx to limit the effects of cluster. The compositions of the flights on periods July-August (holidays of summer and southern winter) on the one hand and on December-January (holidays of southern summer) on the other hand are similar in term of characteristics of the passengers.

Airport of Rolland Garros: (95% of the influx)

a- The sampling plan rests at first on a selection of 126 distributed days of survey on one year (every 3 days systematically).

b- Then, planes are distributed in three strata, which correspond to three big types of destinations from Reunion Island: metropolitan France, Mauritius and the other destinations of the Indian Ocean.

For every day of survey, a flight to metropolitan France and a flight to Mauritius are selected on a random basis. Then every two days of survey, we drawn by lot the third flight either to Mauritius or to another destination of the Indian Ocean.

Airport of Pierrefonds:

The lighter sampling plan rests at first on a selection of 24 days of survey spread on one year.

Then, planes are distributed in three strata, which correspond to three types of destinations from Reunion: metropolitan France, Mauritius and Madagascar. For every day of survey, a drawing lots allows to select the flight to be investigated: a flight to metropolitan France, a flight to Mauritius and a flight to Madagascar (one day of survey on two).

The Port of Pointe des Galets:

No survey is realised considering the low passenger number (1,5% of the total flow). The destinations are quite due to Mauritius or Madagascar. The passengers statistics are communicated to INSEE by the departmental equipment directorate - department of  Ports for the passengers due to leave Reunion Island which also supplies an estimation, considered reliable, on behalf of the tourists in this clientele. This tourists' flow is thus only aggregated into the total number of tourists from Reunion Island.

c- Finally, we distribute the questionnaire to each of the households of the surveyed flight. Questionnaires will be exploited. We do not know, a priori, the size of the households sample. It depends on the number of flights, on the rate of filling of planes, on the size of the households and on the rate of answering.

The survey at the airport allows the exploitation of more than 20 000 index cards a year. The data can be compared without recourse to seasonal adjustment.

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