Mozambique: Tourist facilities to have social and environmental certification

22 April 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 22 April – The Mozambican Tourism Ministry plans to certify hotels and other tourist facilities in recognition of their role in promoting sustainable social and environmental practices, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

For that purpose, the agency said, the Ministry, in partnership with the Southern Mozambique Hotel Association and the Terra Viva Centre, plans to hold a number of seminars to discuss the feasibility of this type of certification in the country.

Hélder Chambal, national deputy director for Tourism, told newspaper Notícias that the initiative aimed to improve practices for sustainable tourism and tourism which can produce results in the regions in which the tourism units are located.

According to the concept, certification will allow tourist resorts and hotels to be recognised not only for the quality of their services, but also for their role in social development and the protection and conservation of the environment.

The certification was likely to be obligatory but Chambal said he hoped that it would the sector itself that welcomed and became part of the initiative. (macauhub)