Maputo, Mozambique, 29 June – The Mozambican Tourism ministry has extended the deadline for presentation of proposals for exploration of the Crusse and Jamali islands in Nampula province for a further 45 days, Macauhub has learned from an International Tourism Institute (Inatur) source.
The source told Macauhub that the extension was on account of a request from some potential applicants.
Mozambique’s tourism ministry in March of this year launched an international public tender for construction and exploration of a tourist resort in Matibane, on the Crusse and Jamali islands, in Mozambique’s Nampula province.
The islands of Crusse and Jamali have areas of 16 and 75 hectares, respectively.
The Matibane integrated tourism project is located 45 kilometres from the Nacala airbase, a facility which is due to be transformed into an international civilian airport following work that began in April and is due to be concluded in 2013 following investment of 111 million.
The future Nacala airport is six hours from several European destinations and will have capacity to deal with 500 to 600,000 passengers per year and to receive Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
The two islands are located in crystal clear waters and surrounded by large coral reefs as well as having native forest and other types of vegetation providing conditions for both diving and fishing.
Mozambique’s tourism minister, Fernando Sumbana Jr, has said that he would like to see the tourism sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) increase from 2.5 percent currently to 4 percent over the next five years. (macauhub)