Mozambique’s tourism sector employs 40,000 people

4 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 4 Oct – The Mozambican tourism sector employs around 40,000 people, more than half of which are women, the Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana said in Maputo.

During the 4th Congress of the National Hotels, Tourism and Similar Workers’ Union, the minister also said that despite the downturn felt by the sector on a global scale, in the first half of the year Mozambique received investment proposals totalling over US$300 million, with the number of tourists rising by 16 percent year on year.

Noting that it was fundamental to improve services, Sumbana said that the government’s five-year plan covered the need for professional training of sector workers.

In his turn, the secretary general of the union, Luís Mendonça, said that tourism sector workers wanted, during this congress, to define measures to put pressure on employers to comply with the Labour Law and other directives related to the sector. (macauhub)