Mozambique to build hotels nationwide

16 July 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 July – Mozambique’s tourism ministry is launching a national project for the construction of quality hotels in all regions of the country, the minister responsible has said.

Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana told AIM news agency Friday that the project, dubbed Capulana, will be financed from the National Tourism Fund and is aimed to develop tourism in areas of the country where there is little of no quality accommodation.

Medium-sized hotels will be built with power and water supply systems to ensure quality and efficiency of service, he added.

“The owners of these hotels will have to seek funding to rehabilitate them, as the Capulana project us for the building of new hotels,” said Sumbana.

Mozambique’s tourism ministry says the hotel-building scheme comes at an unprecedented “boom” time for the industry. Around 800,000 foreign visitors come to Mozambique every year and these numbers have increased steadily since October 1992.

The southern provinces of Gaza, Maputo, and Inhambane and Cabo Delgado and Niassa in the north of the country are the areas attracting most tourists. Reasonable amounts of visitors are also going to ecotourism areas in Magoe and Zumbo in Tete province. (macauhub)