The Mozambican Minister of Culture and Tourism said on Monday in Maputo that his ministry will evaluate the barriers that exist around the country’s tourism sector and bring them down in order to attract more foreign tourists.


The Tourism Minister Silva Dunduro was speaking as part of the Fourth Annual Meeting on Tourism taking place in the capital since Monday, gathering the sector experts including former ministers, private tourism operators, and cooperation partners.

“What we want in the medium and long term is to reduce the main barriers, among them the air traffic, access to visa entry, which could allow more people to come to Mozambique,” said Dunduro.

Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos do Rosario, who also attended the meeting, called for innovation and competitiveness among tourist operators in order to improve the quality of Mozambican tourism.

“We encourage tourism operators to prioritize innovation, competitiveness and improvements in the quality of their products and in the way they attend to clients,” he said.

The prime minister said that the government will continue promoting the performance of the sector, creating opportunities for an effective transport system in the air space as well as roads.

Statistics released at the meeting showed that in 2014, international tourism generated revenue of 266 million U.S. dollars, from about 1.7 million tourists visiting the country.

While, the investment in tourism in 2014 declined when compared with the figure from the previous year, which falls from 871 million dollars in 2013 to around 250 million dollars.

Mozambique holds one of the main beautiful bays in the world, Pemba bay in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province along the Indian Ocean, which has increasingly become a tourist destination particularly for upper-middle class Mozambicans and South Africans. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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