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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.

According 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.

tourism
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%) Mozambique dominated.

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.

Mozambique’s 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.

inhambane Province
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 Mozambique” (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 contributes 2.5 per 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

economic conditions
The 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 Saharan Africa.

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 international tourists.

Mozambique is rapidly becoming the next international tourism destination.

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