Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Oct – Investments in the tourism sector in Inhambane province in southern Mozambique totalled US$42 million in the first half according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias, citing recent figures from the provincial Tourism directorate.
According to the same figures, published last Sunday to commemorate World Tourism Day, in the period the Inhambane provincial tourism directorate approved a total of 23 new tourism projects, which also represented a rise against the same period of 2008.
The approved projects that are underway along the 700 kilometres of coastline in Inhambane have created around 320 new jobs, with the tourism sector accounting for most of these.
Despite the international financial crisis, the number of tourists that visited Inhambane province in the first half of 2009 saw a rise to around 60,300 people.
Currently, the tourism sector in Inhambane has funding of US$5 million available from the World Bank for development of the tourism sector, which has been significantly affected by the international financial crisis.
The funding covers a period of five years and aims to support the tourism sector in developing its business, including construction and refurbishment of infrastructures, some of which were damaged by the storm that hit the Inhambane coast at the beginning of 2009. (macauhub)