Mozambique's main source market for tourism is South Africa - and with thousands of holiday makers preparing to take over the country's East African shoreline (and to a lesser extent the Gorongosa National Park) - authorities want to reassure tourists that they will be safe.
During her stay in Maputo for Africa Connected, Nikiwe met with Jerry Manussa, marketing manager of the Mozambique Tourism Authority. He shared that with touch global economic problems and political instability - which he attributes to Renamo - Mozambique is not doing as well as it should be to attract visitors.
Since 2012 when we had our peak (nearly 2,2 million arrivals) numbers have been decreasing - currently sitting at about 1,6 million arrivals.— Jerry Manussa- Marketing Manager of the Mozambique Tourism Authority
Despite an impressive range of attractions, and its nearness to South Africa, Mozambique has the lowest tourist numbers of all its neighbours except Malawi.
Officially the contribution of tourism to Mozambique's GDP is 2,9% but Manussa says its nearer to 5,6% if one includes ancillary services in support of tourism
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