The major tourist attraction in Malawi is Lake Niassa; the visitor is well served there by hotels and recreational facilities, and eight-day excursions around the lake are available. Game parks, Mt. Mulanje, and Mt. Zomba also attract the tourist trade. In 2000, 228,106 tourists visited Malawi. There were 4,150 hotel rooms with an occupancy rate of 39%. Receipts from tourism that year were estimated at $27 million. Visitors from Commonwealth nations, the US, and many other countries do not need visas.
In 1999, the UN estimated the cost of staying in Blantyre at $115–$206 per day depending upon the choice of hotel. Daily expenses are estimated at $166 in Salima and $148 in Mzuzu.
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