Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Nov – The Mozambican government plans to attract 10 million tourists to the country each year and transform it into a world class tourist destination ahead of the Soccer World Cup, in South Africa, the country’s Tourism minister said.
Fernando Sumbana said that the government was counting on improvements to airports which will start to receive charter flights in 2009 and called on the private sector to be more imaginative and creative in order to take advantage of existing opportunities in the tourist sector, which was attracting an increasing amount of investment and is currently one of the biggest contributors to the balance of payments.
“We are investing US$300 million in modernising the main airports and new hotels will be built. We hope to attract 10 million tourists in 2009,” the minister said.
According to official figures, at the end of this year Mozambique is expected to have received 800,000 tourists, 150,000 more than in 2007.
Last October, the financial arm of the World Bank for the private sector, The International Financial Corporation (IFC), said it would help Mozambique to secure US$3 billion in investment for tourism projects. (macauhub)