Mozambique: Tourist accommodation may rise by 4,000 beds

27 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 May – Mozambique’s accommodation capacity may be increased by 4,000 beds over the next few months as part of the investments made to take advantage of opportunities created by the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Mozambique’s Tourism Minister said in Maputo.

During the fifth Consultation Council of the Tourism Ministry, which analysed the performance of the sector over the last four years, Fernando Sumbana said that the rise in accommodation would increase the number of available beds from 17,000 to 21,000.

The minister also said that in Mozambique tourism was amongst the sectors that over the last four years had seen significant growth, both in terms of investment and arrival or international tourists, with a positive impact on economic revenue.

In relation to international arrivals, the number of visitors rose from 954,000 in 2005 to 1.5 million in 2008, whilst the number of tourists rose from 578,000 in 2005 to 1 million in 2008. (macauhub)