Number of tourists in Mozambique rises 11 pct in 2011

29 May 2012

The number of foreign tourists that visited Mozambique in 2011 posted growth of 11 percent, rising from 1.8 million in 2010 to around 2 million last year, the national director for Tourism, Martinho Muatxiwa said in Maputo.

Speaking to French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), Muatxiwa said that the growth seen was not surprising given that the authorities had been promoting Mozambique as a tourist destination since the end of the country’s civil war.

Most visitors were from South Africa and tourist revenues rose from US$197 million in 2010 to US$231 million last year.

Mozambique, which promotes itself as being the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” has a 3,000 kilometre coastline with a huge number of good beaches. (macauhub)