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)