Mozambique’s capital, Maputo visited by 300,000 tourists each year

9 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 June – Over 300,000 tourists visit the Mozambican capital, Maputo, every year providing revenues of around US$95 million, the Ministry for Tourism said Wednesday.

Minister Fernando Sumbana cited a study by Dutch non-governmental organisation (NGO) SNV, according to which these figures might rise if improvements are made to the services provided.

Until now revenues from tourism on a national scale were estimated to total US$97 million, figures which the Tourism minister said were unreliable given the results published by SNV, which almost reach that total for Maputo alone.

The Mozambican capital, which has 9,500 beds or 5 percent of the whole country’s accommodation capacity, was provided with a Tourism Observatory Wednesday, which the minister said was, “an instrument of extreme importance for evaluating tourism development,” in the country.

“The Tourism Observatory in the city of Maputo aims to promote analysis, advertising and supervision of the development of tourism activities, making it possible to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and trends,” Sumbana said. (macauhub)