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Mozambique prepares for visitor influx

Tourism officials in Mozambique hope to increase the amount of visitor accommodation in the country ahead of football’s 2010 World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.

According to national news provider Maputo, an estimated rise from 18,000 to 25,000 beds has been predicted as the developing nation attempts to cash in on the nearby staging of potentially the most lucrative sporting event ever to be staged in Africa.

National Director of Tourism Promotion Hiuana Abacar said the initial estimate of an increase to 20,000 beds had been raised due to many homeowners indicating plans to make domestic rooms available for rental.

Maputo claims that the Mozambican government, in partnership with the private sector, has been investing in the tourism industry ahead of an expected influx of up to 50,000 foreign travellers in 2010.

Resources are being pumped into the building of hotels, lodges, and leisure infrastructures.

Mozambique tourism describes the country as “the land of smiles”, saying visitors can participate in activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, fly fishing, sunset cruises, sailing and dolphin tours.

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