Foreign tourists travelling to Mozambique in 2012 netted the Mozambican government revenues of US$248 million, which is an annual rise of 7 percent, the Tourism Minister, Carvalho Muária, said in the town of Metangula, Niassa province.
At the opening session of the 10th Coordinating Council of the Tourism Ministry, Carvalho Muária said the number of available beds rose from 38,400 in 2011 to 40,800 last year, and that investments in the sector totalled US$640 million.
As well as employing 43,000 people, half of which are women, the Mozambique tourism sector has around 6,000 establishments including accommodation units, restaurants and bars, dance halls and 160 travel agencies.
Cited by Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, the minister noted that improved methods were required to quantify tourism in Mozambique.
The Tourism Ministry and the National Statistics Institute signed a memorandum to develop an accounting system that will record the production of the tourism sector. The World Tourism Organization plans to assist Mozambique in terms of methodology and training.
The Coordination Council is due to end Friday after assessing the performance of the tourism sector since the previous meeting in 2012 held in Mocímboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado province, and setting out strategies and targets for 2014. (macauhub)