Mozambique’s tourism sector sees investment of US$300 million in first half

28 September 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Sept – Approved projects in the tourism sector in Mozambique exceeded US$300 million in the first half of the year, a period in which the sector posted year on year growth of 16 percent, the Mozambican Tourism Minister said Monday in Maputo.

As part of World Tourism Day, celebrated on 27 September, Minister Fernando Sumbana met with around 100 Mozambican tour operators to give information about some initiatives that are underway, notably the Arco Norte project.

The Arco Norte project is a US government technical assistance programme for the Mozambican government, which aims to transform three provinces in northern Mozambique – Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula – into an international tourist destination.

The director general of the National Tourism Institute (Inatur), Bernardo Dramos, at the meeting said that the Arco Norte project was at an advanced stage and “in the next few days would be presented to the council of ministers.”

The project is estimated to cost just over US$1 billion, with US$901.5 million invested in accommodation (6,615 beds), US$87.9 million for construction of commercial areas and US$99.8 million for infrastructures. (macauhub)