About 330,000 tourists visit Maputo a year according to the Mozambique ministry of tourism, bringing in an income of about US$95 million for the city. It also reports that tourism revenue could increase if facilities were improved.

The city has 9,500 tourist beds, or about five per cent of the tourist capacity in the country. Tourism in Maputo generates about 4,000 direct jobs and benefits some 20,000 people, about 70 per cent of whom come from poor families, according to a 2010 report by SNV, a non-governmental development organisation based in the Netherlands.

Figures for 2010 show a decline of visitors to Mozambique to 1.7 million from 2.3 million in 2009. However in June and July 2010 about 50,000 more tourists visited the country than in the same months the previous year, thanks to the World Cup in South Africa.

From 3-18 September 2011 Maputo is set to host the All African Games, featuring 23 sports. Most of the events will take place around the capital.