Mozambique: Tourism sector in major expansion

6 January 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Jan – Mozambique’s tourism industry generated revenues of US$ 163 million in 2008 and created 37,000 jobs, a half of these for women, the Noticias newspaper has reported.

Tourism contributed around 1.5% to GDP, Noticias said, and new tourist infrastructures along the coast and on islands, as well as parks and conservation areas, show the government’s firm commitment to develop the sector.

Around 771,000 tourists came to Mozambique last year and the country increased its hotel capacity by 17,000 beds during he same period. About 70.9 percent of leisure visitors came from South Africa. The UK and Portugal, 10.9 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, provided tourist visitors who also came on business.

Mozambique’s tourism sector in the past two years has depended on three main markets, South Africa, the UK and Portugal.

The Maputo authorities want to take advantage of the country’s rich natural potential and also cash in on the FIFA 2010 World Cup in neighboring South Africa through an accelerated infrastructure building strategy in various parts of the country. (macauhub)