Portugal’s Tourism Institute to train Mozambican personnel

11 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Feb – The Instituto de Turismo de Portugal will train tourism sector personnel in Mozambique with the goal of improving human resource qualifications in that country, the institute’s president stated in Maputo.

In his Wednesday comments, Luis Patrao said the first training action may take place this year and target Mozambican trainers.

The initiative will cover civil servants, as well as personnel for bar, restaurant and kitchen services and hotel managers, and mainly follow the “on-the-job training” model, Patrao stressed.

Bilateral cooperation on tourism will also include sharing experience in managing games and casinos, especially in the aspects of activity monitoring and control.

“There are steps Mozambique is preparing to make and which Portugal has already made, such as transferring oversight of games and casinos from the Finance Ministry to the Tourism Ministry. And that’s why it’s also a priority to cooperate in this field,” Patrao said.

The aspect of hotel classification or “hotel offer” is also interesting from the standpoint of Mozambique-Portugal cooperation in the tourism sector, bearing in mind the increasingly uniform standards by which hotels are categorized by the number of stars, the head of Portugal’s Tourism Institute specified. (macauhub)