Mozambique wants to make Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula provinces an international tourist destination

24 February 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 24 Feb – The Northern Arch Project’s master plan is at a very advanced stage of preparation and should soon be presented in public, the director-general of Mozambique’s National Tourism Institute (Inatur) told Macauhub in Maputo.

The Northern Arch Project is a technical assistance programme backed by the government of the USA whereby the Mozambican government aims to transform the country’s three northern provinces – Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula – into an international tourism destination.

“We hope to finish the master plan in the next few months,” said Bernardo Dramos, adding that the first preliminary report outlining the plan already exists and that “we are looking at technical aspects and making some corrections.”

“Some investors have already shown interest” in the project and await publication of the master plan to begin their investments, he said.

Northern Mozambique is potentially rich in marine resources and with the planned investment may become an internationally recognized tourism destination.

The region currently counts only 300 hotel rooms meeting international standards, spread among 12 properties. The biggest one is the Pemba Beach Hotel in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province.