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Nampula province wants to improve its position in the national tourist activity league – where it currently languishes in last place – and last Thursday met operators in the sector and other interested parties in the village of Nacala to discuss the best exit strategies.
Tourist arrivals have peaked twice in Nampula in the last fifteen years, with 43,000 arriving in 2004 and 113,000 in 2013, both explainable by associated events.
Agostinho Zacarias, the provincial director of Culture and Tourism, mentioned factors that had contributed to the decline in visitor numbers, such as the completion of megaprojects, the global financial crisis, the apparent inefficiency of Nacala airport and the poor quality of services offered.
Nampula nevertheless had plenty of opportunities to promote tourism of all genres, he said, while provincial governor Victor Borges said that some initiatives to boost the sector were already underway.
The first provincial tourism meeting was also convened to prepare for the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Island of Mozambique, the country’s first capital, in 2018.Source: Rádio Moçambique