Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Dec – Small Island Development, a company from Mauritius, has been awarded a public tender for tourist exploration of the Casuarina and Epidendron islands, in Mozambique’s Zambézia province, an official told Macauhub in Maputo.
The source from the National Tourism Institute (Inatur) also said that the contract had been signed by Hermenegildo Mazuze Neves, director of the National Tourism Institute, and by Jack Francis, the representative in Mozambique of Small Island Development, and the Mauritius company plans to invest US$20 million in the project.
The total area for intervention on both islands is 70 hectares, 30 hectares on Casuarina and 40 hectares on Epidendron, on which 18 pavilions will be built with a total of 280 rooms, 15 luxury villas with 120 rooms and all other facilities needed in a tourist resort.
A source from Inatur told Macauhub in Maputo that construction of the resort would make it possible to increase the number of quality tourist facilities and would make the region more dynamic, both on an economic and social level, as well as creating 650 jobs in the construction phase and 250 in the exploration phase.
This tender is part of one of the phases of the government’s “Anchor Programme for Tourism Investment”, which aims to stimulate growth of and investment in the tourism sector in the regions of Inhassoro, Inhambane province, Gilé reserve, in Zambézia province, Casuarina and Epidendron, also in Zambézia, Crusse and Jamali islands in Nampula province and the Maputo Special Reserve in the province of Maputo. (macauhub)