Tourism in Mozambique in 2012 posted growth of 9.5 percent, with 2.2 million international arrivals compared to 2.01 million in 2011, Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina said in Maputo.
Speaking at the opening of the 5th meeting of Tourism Ministers of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), the Prime Minister noted that in the same period the sector had attracted investment of US$640 million, or 18 percent more than the US$540 million it attracted in 2011.
According to news agency AIM, Vaquina said that the tourism industry had a strategic role to play in economic and social development by creating jobs and income as well as adding value to the country’s historical and cultural heritage.
In each of the countries the tourism industry has seen robust and consistent growth, as a result of creating the basic conditions needed for developing the sector and by outlining strategies for promotion and innovation in terms of the products on offer along with macroeconomic stability. (macauhub)