Mozambique attracts US$107 million in tourism investments in 2016

Investments in the tourism sector in Mozambique reached US$107.8 million in 2016, a decrease of 44.1% over the amount recorded in 2015, said on Monday in Maputo the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Silva Dunduro.

The minister, during a meeting to announce the Welcome Easter campaign aimed at tourists mostly from South Africa, said that last year Mozambique received 1.71 million tourists, an increase of 5% compared to 2015.

The Minister noted the government had recently approved measures to make it easier for tourists to enter Mozambique, including opening 18 border posts allowed to issue border visas, as well as granting tourist visas allowing two entries for a period of 30 days and extending the opening hours of some of these posts.

The major international sources of tourists to Mozambique are Germany, UK, Portugal, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Italy and the emerging economies of India, Pakistan, Brazil and China, which together accounted for 80% of the total in 2016.

The main source of regional tourism to Mozambique is South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Swaziland, which accounted for 64% of total African tourists who entered the country last year. (macauhub)