World Bank supports tourism sector in Inhambane, Mozambique

5 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 5 Aug – The World Bank has made US$5 million available to support the development of the tourism sector in Inhambane province, which has been affected by the global financial crisis, according to Maputo’s Notícias newspaper.

The newspaper quoted provincial governor, Francisco Itai Meque, to say that the funding would cover a period of five years, during which support would be given to the business community and projects in the areas of construction and the restoration of infrastructures, some of which were damaged in the storm which battered the region’s coastal area at the start of the year.

The governor also said that the World Bank funding was the result of Government efforts aimed at getting obtaining funds for tourism development in Inhambane, a province with unique tourism potential, particularly along its roughly 700 kilometres of coastline.

Data available indicates that the province of Inhambane has accommodation capacity of 10,000 beds, which represents close to half of national capacity. (macauhub)