Mozambique to invest US$600 million ahead of South African soccer World Cup

5 July 2007

London, United Kingdom, 5 July – Mozambique plans to invest over US$600 million in hotels, casinos and other infrastructures in order to capitalize on the potential tourist flow at the time of the Soccer World Cup, in South Africa, the online version of the Guardian newspaper reported.

Cited by the paper, Albino Mahumana, director of tourism in Mozambique, said the country planned to attract a high number of soccer fans to the beaches and cities of Mozambique in 2010.

It is expected that over 300,000 people will visit South Africa during the month-long championships, scheduled to begin on June 11, 2010.

The capital of Mozambique, Maputo, is a few hours from Nelspruit, one of the nine cities that will host the games, six hours from Johannesburg.

“We want to make the difference when the games are held. Everyone will be focused on sport and we want to provide conditions for tourism,” said Mahumana.

Over a million tourists are expected to visit Mozambique in 2007.

Tourist revenue in 2007 is expected to total some US$150 million.

In 2006 revenues from tourism totaled US$144 million. (macauhub)