Maputo, Mozambique, 22 March – The drop in the number of tourist visiting Mozambique in 2010 was due to the fact that only Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique and TAP – Air Portugal provided flights between Europe and Mozambique, the president of the Mozambican Tourism Federation said Monday in Maputo.
Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Quessanias Matsombe also said that the fall was due to a lack of competition in air transport between Europe and Mozambique, blaming the situation on the high prices of flights.
“On the Europe-Mozambique route, at the moment, there is one company, which is TAP. It’s ridiculous, even if LAM (Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique) can have flights to Lisbon, it’s not enough,” said Matsombe.
LAM recently announced it would stop running its Maputo-Lisbon flight and leave the route to TAP.
In order for Mozambique to become a competitive tourist destination the president of Mozambique’s tour operators said that it was necessary to allow more airlines into the market as the price of flights between Maputo and Lisbon, “does not allow operators to set up attractive destinations.”
“We think that there should be low cost airlines so that there can be a revolution in prices,” said Matsombe, adding that it was “ridiculous2 that only two airlines provided flights between Europe and Mozambique.
Portugal was the country that most influenced the number of foreign tourists in Mozambique in 2010, as the number of Portuguese tourists travelling to Mozambique in 2010 fell by 69.7 percent against 2009, a year in which the country received 85,000 tourists from Portugal. (macauhub)