MOZAMBIQUE DEVELOPING FREE ZOME AT MAPUTO PORT TO PROMOTE CRUISE TOURISM

MAPUTO– The Mozambican government is developing a free zone to promote cruise tourism at the port of Maputo, says Minister of Culture and Tourism Silva Dunduro.

Media reports here Tuesday quoted the Minister as disclosing this at a forum on tourism. He said the project was being implemented. There are infrastructures ready, and in a few months’ time, I shall visit them, he added.

Cruise liners, which usually set sail from ports in South Africa, already call at Maputo but there are no special facility at the port for the hundreds of tourists on board to embark and disembark. Dunduru said a dedicated port terminal is being built for the cruise ships, a restaurant for tourists, an art gallery, and a club where jazz sessions and other cultural events can be held.

Dunduru also promised requalification of three of the main tourist attractions in the southern province of Inhambane — the Tofo, Tofinho and Barra beaches. The scheme will involve investing 1.5 million meticais (about 25,000 US dollars) in building basic facilities for tourists and for the public at large at the popular beaches.

He added that there are other projects to develop the conservation areas in Inhambane to encourage nature-based tourism in the province.

Inhambane tourism operators welcomed the decision to requalify the beaches, and believed that such measures will help solve conflicts between tourist resorts and local communities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK