Government of Mozambique will introduce tourist tax

29 August 2016

The government of Mozambique will approve later this year, the introduction of a tourist tax to encourage investment and tourism in the country, said the Minister of Culture and Tourism, speaking in Beira, on the sidelines of the final phase of the 9th National Culture Festival.

Minister Silva Dunduro told Rádio Moçambique that the government has revised the legislation on tourism developments, with a view to introduction of guesthouses and other accommodation models.

Mozambique is implementing the Strategic Plan for Tourism Development 2015/2024, to increase the competitiveness of the sector, taking advantage of its potential and offering quality tourism services.

The spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Mouzinho Saide, said recently the plan should enable development of tourism as a key vector for rapid economic growth in Mozambique as well as job creation.

For this to happen, he said, visitor numbers need to increase, encouraging the local hotel industry as well as the diversification of products offered to attract more tourists.

The plan calls for improving the quality of services, staff training and the creation of conditions for more investment in various types of tourism, including cultural, beach and hunting. (macauhub/MZ)