Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Dec – Around US$2 billion are expected to be invested in tourism projects in Mozambique in 2009 in order to meet the demand of the increasing number of tourists caused by the Football world cup in 2010 in South Africa, the Mozambican tourism minister, Fernando Sumbana said.
the minister said that in 2009 a significant increase in tourists visiting Mozambique was expected as well as tourism revenues, which are projected to total US$190 million, or 5 percent more than this year.
Tourism revenues in 2007 were US$163 million, which was a rise of 17 percent against 2006.
The number of tourists this year is expected to have rise by between 16 and 20 percent against 2007, when 1.3 million tourists entered Mozambique.
“Enormous investments are planned, and 2009 will be the best year ever because we want to have new tourist establishments, including hotels and holiday homes,” Sumbana said Tuesday.
Amongst the main focus for the investments are Mossuril, in Cabo Delgado province, and other areas in the provinces of Nampula and in Vilanculos, in southern Mozambique.
The investments are expected to create 20,000 new jobs, Sumbana said. Mozambique’s hotels offer 17,000 beds and directly employ 37,000 workers, half of which are women.
The tourism industry contributes 2.5 percent to Mozambique’s gross domestic product (GDP) but has great potential to account for a much higher proportion. (macauhub)