Cabo Delgado province, in Mozambique, has 87 hotel facilities, 78 restaurants and two travel agencies, which is not enough for the demand for the area, according to César João Miguel Pico, director of the province’s Department for Tourism Activities.
He also told Mozambican newspaper Notícias, that the province has 1,595 beds, of which 809 were in the provincial capital Pemba, which were not enough to cover the requests received as hoteliers have long term contracts with companies that are prospecting for oil and gas in the north of the province – Palma and Mocímboa da Praia – to accommodate their staff on days off.
A lack of formal accommodation means that many tourists travelling to the province opt for informal lodgings by hiring rooms and houses from local residents, particularly in neighbourhoods close to the province’s beaches.
César Pico said that investors were aware of the situation and that there were currently 16 projects in the pipeline for construction of hotels in the province, 10 of which in the city of Pemba, with investment totalling US$62 million overall.
Figures from the Department of Tourism Activities of Cabo Delgado showed that in 2011 the province received 59,000 visitors, or more than double the amount seen in 2005. (macauhub)