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Mozambique: 2019 saw an increase in tourism revenues for overnight stays

Mozambique in 2019 increased by 4% the profit obtained for each overnight stay in tourist units compared to the previous year, the National Statistics Institute (INE) has announced.

“In 2019, each overnight stay represented an average profit of 5,893.29 meticais (€69.00), an increase of 4% compared to 2018, when the amount was 5,643.23 meticais (€66),” the new newsletter on Tourism Statistics 2019 consulted by Lusa today reads.

Of the total turnover of companies in the sector, 46.6% was obtained from accommodation, 43.5% through restaurant and similar services and 9.9% through other activities.

“By province, the highlight goes to the city of Maputo with 73% of the total turnover, Cabo Delgado with 7% and Inhambane with 4.3%, while Niassa and Tete provinces, with 1% and 1.2% , respectively, had the lowest volume,” it adds.

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The number of accommodation units and restaurants (number of spaces) decreased in almost all 11 provinces, with the exception of Inhambane (up 17.2%), Nampula (up 1%) and Maputo city (0.4%).

At the same time, the overall occupancy rate of accommodation decreased by 4.5 percentage points compared to 2018.

At national level, the rate went from 25.3% to 20.8%, and in individual terms, by territorial division, the city of Maputo maintained the highest occupancy rate, with 32%, followed by Maputo province with 30 3% and Cabo Delgado with 21.1%.

Although part of the northern province of Cabo Delgado is grappling with a humanitarian crisis, with more than 1,000 dead and 250,000 displaced due to armed conflicts with rebels, the province is home to the largest private investment in Africa (around €22B) in natural gas extraction and processing.

“The provinces of Tete (6.2%), Sofala (7.0%) and Gaza (10.2%) registered occupancy rates well below the national average,” the report notes.

The bulletin relates to the time before the Covid-19 pandemic caused numbers to plummet, employers’ associations note.

Source: O País via Club of Mozambique

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