Mozambique tourism sees record expansion in 2005

8 February 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 08 Feb – Tourism in Mozambique registered growth of 37 percent in 2005, the biggest rate in the world, followed by Kenya with 26 percent, according to figures published Wednesday by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

In the last year, Mozambique welcomed 700,000 tourists to its shores, almost double the average number of visitors in previous years.

On the African continent as a whole the tourism sector registered a 10 percent growth rate, which is considerably higher than the world average of 5.5 percent, the WTO report said.

According to the WTO, 36.7 million tourists visited Africa, an increase of 3 million as compared with 2004.

In the same period Sub-Saharan Africa posted an increase of 13 percent, corresponding to 23.1 million tourists, against 20.5 million the previous year, the report said.

Despite positive figures for Africa world tourism is dominated by Europe, as in 2005 around 443 million tourists visited the continent, accounting for more than half the world’s tourists. (macauhub)