Mozambique: Gorongosa national park expects 5,000 tourists in 2009

18 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 May – The Gorongosa National Park (PNG), in Mozambique’s Sofala province, is expected to receive between 4,500 and 5,000 tourists after welcoming 3,842 in 2008, according to a report from Mozambican newspaper Notícias, citing a statement from the park’s management.

According to the statement, the PNG had up to 22,000 tourists visiting each year in the 1970s, before the country’s independence.

Growth in the number of tourists comes at a time when the average annual amount of investment approved for the tourism sector in Mozambique between 1005 and 2008 was around US$600 million.

According to the minister for Tourism, Fernando Sumbana, revenues from international tourism rose from US$129 million in 2005 to US$185 million in 2008. (macauhub)