Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Oct – Mozambique in future wants to pay particular attention to attracting tourists from China in order to support the development of its tourism sector, the Mozambican Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana Júnior said.
Speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM, the minister noted that currently, “we have Chinese tourists, but they are not leisure tourists, they are business tourists, and that will lead us to develop facilities that can respond to that tourist segment.”
According to Sumbana Júnior, leisure tourists have special requirements in terms of facilities as well as in relation to what Mozambique can offer, so that they can enjoy themselves and make return visits.
Sumbana said that tourism in Mozambique continued to develop in a positive way, despite the recent developments in the gas and coal sectors for example, involving investment of billions of dollars.
At the moment the Mozambican state is working on developing domestic and international air transport to improve access to tourist locations.
Official figures point to 1.7 million tourists visiting Mozambique in 2010, which was a decrease against 2009 when the country received a total of 2.4 million visitors. (macauhub)