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The province of Gaza, in southern Mozambique, has raised 250 million meticais (EUR 3.5 million) in tourism revenues over the festive season, the provincial director of Culture and Tourism has said.
“Everything leads one to believe that the next festive season be will even busier,” Maria Mapsanganhe said a press release from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The figure exceeds the 190 million meticais (EUR 2.6 million) grossed over the 2016 festive season.
According to Mapsanganhe, 95 percent of the province’s hotels were fully occupied during the holiday period.
After an era of conflict between the government and the armed wing of the National Resistance of Mozambique (Renamo), peace in the country had increased tourist interest in the region, she said.
Although its poverty indicators are high, Gaza province has strong tourist potential and, alongside Inhambane, is the main tourist destination in southern Mozambique.