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Sunday, 1 June 2008

Cashing in on 2010...

After a 17 year civil war, Mozambique's tourism sector is now recovering and it sees the 2010 world cup as pivotal. Mozambique's staggering $3.1bn tourism investment plan should improve the level of choice available to tourists in the SADC region, though it will undoubtedly put further competitive pressures on other nations, possibly Zimbabwe. With countries like Mozambique and Angola now investing heavily in tourism and Zambia's own tourism expanding, Zimbabwe may face very different competition in this sector, as and when things stabilise, compared to what it faced prior to its current position. Though it must be said, Zimbabwe's airport infrastructure remains largely intact.

4 comments:

  1. Mozambique has something Zimbabwe cannot have: thousands of miles of beautiful beaches which also happen to be a fishing paradise.
    The fact that those beaches/fishing spots are quite close to national parks and a few cities with beautiful architecture helps.

    To an extend, SADC countries may not be in the same market for tourism..

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  2. Agree on its attractiveness. The potential of that country is huge! In everywhere....remarkable indeed...

    But I slightly disagree on the ability of other SADC nations to compete...I mean Angola has just as much potential surely?...and Tanzania can too...

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  3. But I slightly disagree on the ability of other SADC nations to compete...I mean Angola has just as much potential surely?...and Tanzania can too...

    Hmm.. What I meant was that there is more than one sub-market in tourism and Mozambique may not be competiting for the same kind of tourism as Zimbabwe and Zambia.

    I don't think Angola can compete either. They have a lot more cleaning up to do and their potential may be different (Indian ocean > cold atlantic).

    Tanzania, that has an already established industry will have to face competition. Especially for the kind of people who visit Zanzibar and not the national parks.

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  4. I definitely agree that Mozambique would be operating a different market. I think Zimbabwe is surely gone now...

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