Mozambique has “competitive advantages” in tourism even during crisis periods, says minister

29 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 29 May – Mozambican tourism has “competitive advantages” to continue attracting tourists even during the current international financial crisis, the Mozambican Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana said Thursday in Maputo.

At the end of a visit to Mozambique’s Tourism Fair (BTM), the only fair for tour operators in Mozambique, Sumbana said that there were natural conditions that attracted tourists year-round, including traditional beach tourism and safaris, and this was one of the advantages Mozambique had in the world tourism market.

The 8th edition of BTM, has a total of 30 direct national exhibitors and three foreign exhibitors as well as 11 delegations from 11 Mozambican provinces, which are considered to be indirect participants.

The 7th edition of BTM, held in 2008, had a total of 49 direct national exhibitors and three foreign exhibitors. Over 10,000 people visited the fair last year

The event’s promoters have said the drop in exhibitors has been due to the global financial crisis.

Despite the international financial crisis, the Mozambican Tourism Ministry remains optimistic that the country will attract 1.4 million international tourists by the end of the year. (macauhub)

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