With travel making its much-anticipated comeback since the onset of Covid, Mozambique is slowly regaining its popularity as a MICE destination.
In recent years, there has been a noticeable and growing presence of multinationals and financial institutions within the country. To accommodate this steady growth, infrastructure development has increased exponentially, making Mozambique a top-notch destination for corporate teams to both work and play.
What’s new for MICE in Mozambique
With ONOMO Hotels continuing its development across Southern Africa, business travellers can now check in at ONOMO Maputo. This trendy urban locale is nestled in the pulsating heart of the city’s business centre and offers a range of perks and value adds, such as a rooftop entertainment area and infinity pool.
After temporarily suspending services a month after its official opening open due to lockdown, City Lodge Hotel Group is currently re-introducing City Lodge Hotel Maputo. With 148 rooms, four boardrooms and a stellar location just 6.5 kilometres from the airport, it ticks all the right boxes for professionals seeking a venue for their next function or team build.
A firm favourite for return corporates is Maputo’s 256-room Radisson Blu Hotel, with its prime location along the seafront. Also on the list is Tsogo Sun’s 125-room StayEasy Maputo, situated just two kilometres from the group’s luxury Southern Sun Maputo Hotel.
A global destination
For South African businesses, Mozambique has long remained an attractive MICE destination. More recently, however, companies rooted in further flung destinations have quickly begun to recognise its potential as a dream destination for MICE.
With multiple European markets seeking financially viable, luxury opportunities for their meetings and incentive travel, Mozambique is all set to top the list in the coming months.
Maputo is only the beginning…
Although the majority of multinational companies have set up shop in Maputo to do business, the capital city captures only a small percentage of what Mozambique has to offer.
Perhaps Mozambique’s greatest allure is that it brings a distinctive African flair to any MICE experience, while still offering hotels and conference infrastructure of world-class quality. And with its long list of dreamy islands and paradise beaches, this destination also offers a plethora of add-on leisure activities, be it a safari or beach-based adventure – snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins or whale sharks.
There are also plenty of local community projects and conservation initiatives to support and actively get involved in.
Accessibility & getting around
Access is another key factor that makes Mozambique an attractive destination for MICE travel. There are already direct flights from Johannesburg to Maputo, Vilankulo, Nacala, Nampula, Beira, Tete and Pemba. However, as demand increases, chances are, more routes and flights could open up into Mozambique.
In fact, with German airlines, Eurowings, servicing the regional hotspots of Victoria Falls and South Africa’s Kruger National Park, delegates will easily be able to do a pre or post-trip within these attractions before flying on to Bazaruto or Maputo in Mozambique.
As for travel within the capital of Maputo, it’s important to note that the city is quite small and easy to navigate. This means that even if there are thousands of delegates based there, getting from A to B remains relatively easy, with very little traffic congestion compared to other metropoles across the continent.
Mozambique is a year-round destination offering ideal temperatures and experiences throughout the year.
Generally speaking, the best time to visit is from around April, right through to November when the humidity has decreased and the temperature hovers around a pleasant 25 degrees. June to September is the official dry season, where there shouldn’t be any rain to contend with.
Best of both worlds
The fact that Mozambique shares a border with South Africa, offers even more MICE opportunities for delegates.
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