Mozambique: City of Maputo sees new tourist investments

11 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Feb – The city of Maputo has approved eight construction, refurbishment and expansion projects for hotel facilities, said Pedro Amiel, the spokesman for the Maputo Tourism Directorate.

One of the projects is the construction of a five-star hotel in the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre, the first stoen of which is due to be laid this year.

Amiel said that the tourism business in the city of Maputo had been profitable and was growing daily, noting that from 2005 until now 222 investment projects had been approved and executed in this sector, accounting for total turnover of US$100 million.

The tourism sector employs at least 2,200 workers in the city of Maputo and with an increase in facilities this figure is projected to rise to almost 5,000.

Amiel also said that business tourism was of greatest importance to the city, with the hosting of various national and international meeting at the conference centres of the hotels and with greater demand for the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre., which was the reason for building na accommodation unit in that location. (macauhub)

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