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Voa / Climate of peace encourages tourists
The tourism sector in Mozambique is recovering from the crisis caused by the armed conflict, which not only reduced investment but also held back the number of tourists visiting the country.
Authorities estimate that the number of tourists entering Mozambique in 2016 increased by five per cent over the previous year to more than 1,800,000.
One of the regions welcoming the visitors is Gaza in southern Mozambique, where, according to the authorities, the number of visitors has been increasing recently, “due to the climate of peace in the country”.
In the neighbouring province of Inhambane, with its beautiful beaches, the suspension of military hostilities is also being felt, with tourism in 2016 up two percent over the previous year.
Figures suggest the tourism sector, in which US$107.8 million was invested in 2016, in on the rise country-wide.
Maputo has also been receiving its share of the increase, with 165,580 visiting the capital in the first half of the year alone.
Official figures indicate that the tourism sector currently employs around 50,000 people and earned the country US$193 million in 2015.Source: Voa Portugues