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The southern Mozambican province of Gaza has seen more than 76,000 visitors during the third quarter of this year, with more than 89,000 overnight stays of a planned 101,150 already achieved.
The information was recently released by the director of Culture and Tourism of Gaza, Maria Mapsanganhe, who says the numbers are encouraging for the tourism sector and have galvanised the province’s plans to invite potential investors to build a five-star hotel in that part of the country.
Speaking during the Xigubo Festival recently in Gaza, Chidenguele district, Mapsanganhe also said that the province has been experiencing an accelerated rebirth of its development recently.
“Our big challenge is to build have a five-star hotel and provide business tourism to our visitors, because up to the present time our tourism is purely leisure-oriented,” she said.
As an example, she cited the hotel ‘Mazino’, built from scratch in Manjacaze district, and the emergence of a tourist establishment called ‘Oncazaia’ in Bilene.
Mapsanganhe said that Gaza was a privileged province with various poles of development. Of particular note was agriculture which was always highlighted due to the richness of the soil, suitable for the cultivation of different types of crops such as legumes and vegetables, as well as breeding cattle, goats, sheep and poultry.
The coast is rich in tourist resorts, with the beaches of Bilene, Xai-xai, Chongoene and Chidenguele most attractive because of their tourist establishments, according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism received by AIM.
In domestic tourism, many citizens from the capital and other provinces visit the famous beaches and clear waters.
The provincial director praises Gaza as a cornucopia of historical sites, where several battles of anti-colonial resistance took place, and as being the birthplace of both the architect of national unity Eduardo Mondlane and the founder of the Mozambican state, Samora Machel.
In addition to the Xigubo Festival, the province has hosted festivals such as Xingomana in the Manjacaze district of Canhu that runs annually in the Guijá district and the Xai-Xai Beach festival.
The province of Gaza, according to director Maria Mapsanganhe, has 226 tourist establishments at present, 93 of which are dedicated to catering.Source: AIM Moçambique