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The World Bank and the
International Finance Corporation named Mozambique as a Top 10
Reformer by virtue of its political stability, multi-party democracy
and improvements in governance. Although problems and challenges
remain, the turbulent past is now behind and Mozambique is now
launched on a path towards a bright future.
to the Global Peace Index for 2008, Mozambique rates as the 4th most
peaceful country in Africa behind Madagascar, Botswana and Ghana. In
this context, it rates 50th in the world, one position behind
Great Britain in 49th place.
The tourist industry in
Mozambique is expanding faster than ever before. The recent
elimination of visa requirements for South African passport holders
coupled with the upgrade of infrastructure (roads in particular) and
the entry of South African banks in the offshore lending market has
made this holiday destination much more accessible.
According to the preliminary
results presented by the United Nations specialized agency, the
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) the number of international
tourist arrivals recorded worldwide grew by 5,5% and exceeded 800
million people for the first time ever. Of this global market Africa
showed the best results with an annual growth of 10% compared to the
other international competitors.
Overall, Mozambique showed
particularly remarkable results and outperformed all other
destinations with a +37% growth (January to September) compared with
the same period of the previous year. Even when compared with the
island destinations of Seychelles (+7%) and Mauritius (+6%)
The planned Maputo Urban
Development Program will greatly improve the perception of
Mozambique. Through this Program the city council of Maputo is to
spend about $35m on targeted investments to improve urban services
such as roads, drainage and solid-waste removal.
2,600km of coastline offer pristine beaches, an ocean rich with
coral reefs and unexploited marine life, but above all, a climate
perfectly suited to all year round tourism.
The Inhambane Province is still
the most popular tourist destination in Mozambique.
Its magnificent attractions
include the Bazaruto archipelago, Vilankulos, Morrungulo, Tofo,
Jangamo, Paindane, Coconut Bay, Zavora and Ponta da Barra. According
to a renowned travel writer: “The town of
Inhambane with its well-kept colonial villas, wide clean avenues and
uncommercialised municipal market, is perhaps the nicest town in
(Slater p.105-6). It is
located 469km from Maputo by road and also accessible by air with
the fly-in option becoming increasingly popular.
More than 500,000 vehicles in
crossed from Swaziland and South Africa into Mozambique in 2007. A
large percentage of these were tourists from South Africa.
400,000 tourists are expected to
visit Mozambique this December, according to projections from the
Ministry of Tourism. Currently it is estimated that tourism
cent of the Gross Domestic Product, and that it has the potential to
provide much more revenue, given that many of the country's tourist
attractions are still under-exploited.
In 2007 revenue from
international tourism was estimated at 163 million dollars, an
increase of 17 per cent over the figure for 2006
South African Express Airways is
extending its route network to include travel between Cape Town and
Maputo as part of the airline's long-term strategy to create vital
connections between local and regional destinations. A new airline,
Travelmax, will launch a scheduled service between Lanseria
International Airport and Vilanculos, and Aroportos de Mocambique
(ADM), Mozambique’s privately owned Airport Company is now investing
$US60-million to upgrade the country’s airport infrastructure
economy is currently depressed with growth in South Africa is
expected to stabilise as 2010 approaches. Benefitting from the
economic climate, fractional ownership is less costly and makes
vacation home ownership possible for more buyers. It is the
preferred vacation ownership method worldwide.
Through gradual property,
commercial, foreign investment and tax reforms, the Mozambican
Government is steadily positioning the country as an
investor-friendly location. The net result has been a remarkably
stable currency and high economic growth of 7.0 - 8.8% since 1998 -
establishing it as one of the fastest growing economies in sub
From a tourism perspective,
Condé Nast Traveller and many other international publications have
recognised Mozambique as a new and exciting destination. The relaxed
Afro-Portuguese culture of its people, its vast wildernesses,
stunning natural beauty and tropical climate are being discovered by
Mozambique is rapidly becoming
the next international tourism destination.