Mozambique attends tourism fair in South Africa

27 April 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 April – Mozambique is due to attend the Indaba tourism fair in South Africa, which is due to take place from 8 to 11 May in Durban, and which is considered to be the most important fair for the sector in Africa, a sector source told Macauhub in Maputo.

According to the source, Mozambique’s participation aims to attract potential investors from the tourism sector and consolidate Mozambique’s image in South Africa, which is the biggest source of tourists for Mozambique.

Mozambique will be represented at the fair by the Tourism Ministry, the National Tourism Institute (Inatur) as well as the private sector.

The film Gorongosa “Africa’s Lost Eden,” produced by US television channel National Geographic, will be screened at the fair.

The film has already been shown in Mozambique, at the Lisbon Tourism Fair, and more recently at the Berlin Tourism Fair in Germany, where it received several prizes.

Mozambique has been focusing on taking part in fairs as a way of promoting the country as a tourist destination. Its most recent fairs were in Lisbon, Madrid and Berlin.

The Indaba fair will be held close to the start of the first football world cup ever hosted in Africa, from which Mozambique believes it can attract 45,000 tourists.

The tourism sector accounts for 2.5 percent of Mozambique’s gross domestic product (GDP) and according to Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana that contribution is expected to increase to 4 percent over the next five years. (macauhub)