Mozambican Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosario on Monday urged the private sector to get more involved in promoting tourism in all regional and international markets in order to make the country a tourist destination of choice.

Speaking at the opening of the first Tourism Forum in the country, Agostinho said “tourism currently contributes only 2.3 percent to GDP. This percentage defies belief of all of us, since our country has enormous tourist potential, from the beautiful beaches and coastal attractions, the distinctive flora and fauna of the ecosystem and the rich history and culture of our people.”

According to the prime minister, the government is working to create a more favorable investment environment, both by simplifying licensing procedures for economic activities and by encouraging investment from home and abroad.

“To boost the development of tourism in our country, the government has approved border and investment visas, with the aim of facilitating the movement of foreign tourists entering this country,” said Agostinho.

The prime minister stressed that the government has also been working on the dissemination of the national brand with a vision to shape the country’s own identity, as a tourist destination of choice.

“We want to invite the private sector to become more involved and committed to promoting our tourism products in all regional and international circuits in order to make our country a tourist destination of choice,” he reiterated.

As Mozambique has prepared to gain big from the exploitation of its natural gas reserves by 2023, tourism plays an important role in promoting economic and social development, as an alternative income source for the country.

“Through the generation of foreign exchange, international tourism contributes to the improvement of the balance of payments,” the prime minister told the forum attendees.

In Mozambique, tourism is considered as one of the “four pillars” for economic growth and one of the priority areas in the Five-Year Government Program, 2015-2019.

Official data indicates that in 2016 Mozambique was visited by 1.7 million tourists and contributes revenue close to 200 million U.S. dollars. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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