Mozambique’s Manica province visited by 60,000 tourists between January and August

6 October 2011

Chimoio, Mozambique, 6 Oct – Mozambique’s Manica province was visited by 60,000 tourists in the first eight months of the year and thus became the most important tourist destination in Mozambique said the provincial director for tourism in Manica, António Dinis.

Speaking to Mozambican news agency AIM, Dinis said that revenues from tourism in the period totalled 84 million meticals, of the total 110 million expected for the whole year, which indicated that the target would be reached.

According to Dinis around 100 million meticals are being invested in construction of new tourist facilities in the province, in an effort to increase accommodation capacity.

Manica currently has 55 hotel units, and an estimated accommodation capacity of 1,240 beds, which is not enough based on the high number of people visiting the province.

Some of the country’s biggest tourist attractions are located in Manica province, including the Chimanimani cross-border reserve, the Binga, Zembe and Cabeça do Velho mountains, the Massangano fortress, the Serra-Choa plateau, the Macossa game reserves, the Chicamba reservoir and a variety of cave paintings.

However, the provincial authorities have said that this enormous tourist potential remains “dormant” mainly due to poor marketing of the area and the lack of a strategic and operational plan for tourism. (macauhub)