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Inhambane: 40 New Resorts to Increase Hotel Capacity

Inhambane: 40 New Resorts to Increase Hotel Capacity

The province of Inhambane plans to licence around 40 new tourist developments this year to increase accommodation and catering capacity, taking into account the growing number of visitors to this region of the country.

The developments were analysed and approved last year, totalling 37 projects valued at 542 million meticais. This investment is expected to create more than 493 rooms, 700 beds and 1500 jobs.

As well as increasing accommodation capacity, the initiative aims to improve the supply of catering and entertainment services.

According to Inhambane’s provincial director of Culture and Tourism, Emídio Nhantumbo, efforts are underway to mobilise more partners to invest in this sector.

To this end, the provincial government has been taking part in events, especially national and international fairs, with the aim of promoting Inhambane as a tourist destination and attracting more partners not only to invest in accommodation, but also in entertainment and guide training, considering the growing interest in bringing in more tourists.

These actions are intended to publicise the province’s potential and attract more partners to invest in the sector, thus increasing accommodation capacity.

In 2023, 32 new tourist developments were licensed, resulting in an increase in accommodation capacity to 8,306 rooms and 14,560 beds, compared to the 167 equipped rooms and 198 beds previously available.

He said that the figure is satisfactory, but still does not fully meet the needs of tourists visiting the province.

There is an ongoing challenge to increase accommodation capacity and respond to those who choose this region for holidays or leisure.

Preliminary figures indicate that Inhambane received more than 51,000 tourists during the festive season, compared to the 40,000 expected. Of this number, 31,000 were foreigners.

In the resorts located in the coastal districts, the occupancy rate varied between 95 and 100 per cent.

However, due to the high demand, some holidaymakers had difficulty finding accommodation and were forced to stay with relatives, friends or acquaintances.

Consolidating growth this year and reaffirming its position as one of the pillars of economic development in Mozambique is one of the priorities in the tourism sector.

To this end, this area is planning to achieve growth that will allow it to recover from almost all the losses accumulated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The difficulties that operators are trying to overcome are related to the debts, operating costs and indemnities they had to face, most notably between 2020 and 2021, a period in which the resorts’ accounts went into the red, threatening their sustainability.

According to the vice-president for Tourism, Hotels and Restaurants at the Confederation of Economic Associations, Yassin Amuji, the indicators for the last two years have been positive, which can be seen in the levels of growth that have been seen.

The performance achieved in 2023 was inspiring for the sector, considering the level of domestic and international tourism exploited.

The Vilankulo tourist district in Inhambane alone received around 200,000 tourists, compared to 150,000 in 2022.

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And it generated revenue for the state coffers of around 280 million meticais, compared to 200 million the previous year, and there are projections of improvement for this year, according to the authorities.

At a national level, the number of passengers tends to grow at 30 per cent a year.

The growth seen in recent years means that tour operators’ cash flow will recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which will boost profits.

Vilankulo accounts for 40 per cent of international tourism, 30 per cent of regional tourism and the same percentage of domestic tourism.

The latest indicators for 2023 show that from January to September last year around 1.2 million tourists entered Mozambique or visited various parts of the country, which represents a growth in tourism of around 23 per cent. The same period in 2022 saw 965,000 guests.

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