Mozambican government to launch international tender for Inhambane tourism project

24 July 2006

Inhambane, Mozambique, 24 July – The Mozambican government is set to launch an international tender for a tourism project in Inhambane, the Mozambican province with the highest level of growth in tourism, a source from the provincial government told Macauhub.

“We plan to attract large investments with operators that have the technical and financial capacity and experience in managing intergrated tourism that includes local communities,” said the Inhambane provincial tourism director, Assane Muatxiwa.

The tender will be launched this year, he said, and would include projects in the hotel, restaurant, and golf course sectors and “other activities that contribute to the development of communities and maintaining the ecosystem.”

The area used for the projects is located around Rocha beach, a beach resort that is still wild but close to the busy areas of Tofo and Tofinho, the development of which is an example that the provincial and national tourism authorities refuse to follow.
“Along our coast and throughout time there has been non-integrated development that has not followed the rules of sustainable tourism development,” Muatxiwa admitted, referring to the run down beaches and parts of the Inhambane coast, where the first European, Vasco da Gama, landed in 1498.

“We have people come to visit us from many countries attracted by the story of Vasco da Gama having said that Inhambane was the land of good people. The truth is that we are a welcoming province and, also we have a very strong culture of gastronomy and history of the city, which is the second oldest in Mozambique,” Muatxiwa said.

Inhambane, which is an elegant and surprising well-preserved city, has tourism as its main source of riches, making use not only of its magnificent beaches and those of the Bazaruto archipelago, to the north, as well as the rich marine flora and fauna including whales, sharks, dolphins and turtles.

In March of this year the province had 310 tourist establishments and companies, particularly located in Inhambane and Vilanculos, but by the end of the year this number is expected to increase to 326 investments.

Inhambane has one of Mozambique’s two tourism schools, which points to the importance placed on tourist activities in the region, which has some 3,000 people employed in the sector. (macauhub)