Mozambique: Tourism attracts US$600 million in annual investment

27 April 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 April – The average amount of investment approved for the Tourism sector in Mozambique each year was US$600 million between 2005 and 2008, reaching a peak of US$977 million in 2007, according to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

The paper cited information provided recently by the Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana, as saying that in the same period the capacity of the country’s hotel accommodation rose at a rate of 12 percent per year, rising from around 15,000 beds in 2005 to over 17,500 in 2008.

The sector currently employs around 40,000 people, of which over half are women.

The figures also show that revenues from international tourism rose from US$129 million in 2005 to US$185 million in 2008, which according to Sumbana

Throughout the country various resorts have been built, including the Kwichi Lodge in NIassa, which was voted the world’s best small eco-tourism venue at World Travel Market, the world’s biggest tourism fair. In the same province the LLugenda Camp was built in the Niassa reserve, the Matchedge Lodge.

Cabo Delgado province has important tourism establishments in the Quirimbas archipelago and the city of Pemba. Nampula province now has considerable hotel accommodation, with capacity to host conferences and international events, on the island of Mozambique and in Nacala.

In Zambézia province, which stands out for its incomparable riches and its unexplored potential, there are important establishments in the districts of Guruè and Fogo island. Tete province has seen a considerable influx of tourists, driven by the development of the sector, with construction of new tourist accommodation units.

In Manica province, also according to the minister, has also seen sifnificant growth in terms of available accommodation, with hotels now available in Chimoio, Gondola and Inchope. The province of Inhambane is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the Southern Africa region and has seen significant growth in its hotels. In Gaza province there are notable tourist resorts in the districts of Bilene, Massingir and Chidenguele.

The province of Maputo is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country, with growing demand for beds. Important tourism projects in this province are located at Ponta do Ouro and Macaneta and in the city of Maputo, which has seen growing availability of tourist facilities, particularly over the last four years. (macauhub)