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Mozambique’s tourist town Marracuene has run out of bed space for tourists this festive period.
Director of the District Services for Economic Activities (SDAE) in Marracuene, Emilio Sabão, told AIM that the area currently has a capacity of 2,287 beds, with 225 tourist establishments, including restaurants, riding camps, accommodation places and hotels of two to four stars.
Marracuene, according to Sabão, has about 40 kilometers of coastline, as well as seven campsites and 26 camps for practicing horseback riding, conditions that favor the practice of beach tourism, combined with that of the interior.
“At this moment, all beds are reserved. There is much searching and there is almost no room. Although investment in this area is showing a growth in the diversification of activities, as well as the value of investments, we still need to do more,” he said.
Sabão pointed out that in the first half of this year, more than 47 million meticais was invested in the tourism sector.
He noted that the district has, as main attractions, sun and beach tourism, combined with the interior, “which is why it receives travelers from different parts of the world and also organizes business and cultural tourism”.
“We have the river Incomati, which presents a beauty to match the flora. We have organised once a year the Macaneta beach festival, the Gwaza Muthini cultural festival and the Maputo International Fair (FACIM),” Sabão explained.
The construction of the bridge connecting the village of Marracuene and Macaneta beach, according to Sabão, also had the potential to grow tourism. Therefore, the bridge has facilitated the installation of more tourist sites and increase the number of tourists, who visit Marracuene for leisure.
The Maputo Ring Road is another factor that has boosted tourism in the area “because it has facilitated the movement of people and goods, driven the local economic development through”, according to Sabão.Source: O País
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