Mozambique to receive over 1 million tourists this year

15 May 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 May – This year is expected to be the best year in the last few decades in terms of the number of tourists visiting Mozambique, with over 1 million visitors expected bringing some US$150 million to the country, Mozambique’s deputy tourism minister said Monday in Lisbon.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, deputy minister Rosário Mualeia, who was in Lisbon for the World Travel and Tourism Summit, said that investment in the sector this was expected to total US$250 million, or US$100 million more than in 2006.

The south of the country and, particularly, it’s capital of Maputo, were the preferred areas for investors, according to the deputy minister.

In order to stimulate the sector, the Mozambican authorities recently launched a package of investment incentives and are involved in the process of abolition of visas between countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“Mozambique is a very attractive destination, we have better conditions than many other countries, over 2,900 kilometers of coast, and we have to work on promotion,” Mualeia said.

Mualeia said that the number of tourists visiting Mozambique was increasing by 7 percent a year, which was higher than the African average of 5 percent. (macauhub)