Published on : Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Mozambique tourism is currently witnessing a lull as the recent records show that the number of people entering and leaving the country during the recent 2016-17 festive season fell sharply compared with numbers in the two previous years.
About 400,000 people, and 116,000 vehicles had crossed the country’s borders during “Operation Salama” period is less than half the 900,000 people the immigration authorities had expected to cross the borders.
The authorities had launched “Operation Salama” on Dec 14 to ensure a peaceful environment over the holiday period. This operation came to an end on Monday. The closing ceremony, held in Boane, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo, and attended by the General Director of Mozambican Customs, Aly Mala.
Mala has been quoted by Mediafax as saying that the sharp reduction could be blamed on the international financial situation, and on the insurrection by Mozambique’s Renamo rebel movement.
Over the same period in the 2015-16 festive season, 690,000 people entered or left the country, and the previous year’s the figure was about 700,000.