Mozambican government to re-classify hotels

5 September 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Sept – The Mozambican Tourism Ministry is due this month to reclassify the country’s hotels, Minister Fernando Sumbana told Mozambican news agency AIM.

Speaking to the agency, the tourism minister said that whoever refused to comply with the new regulation, “will be punished with the closure of the establishment.”

Recently, the Mozambican government approved a regulation on classification of hotels with the aim of improving the quality of the service they provide.

“”I am not saying that previously there was no regulation indicating the standards, but rather that we are working to set up new standards, which is why we are going into the field, this month, to reclassify the establishments,” Sumbana said.

Sumbana said that the Tourism Ministry had already given hotels time to organize themselves and improve conditions.

According to the minister, over 1.1 million tourists are expected to visit Mozambique this year, against 957,000 in 2005.

Sumbana said that in 2007 his sector would contribute some US$157 million to state revenue, as compared with US$140 million in previous years. (macauhub)