(source: Gaza provincial government)
The stagnation in growth during 1996 seems to have been caused by a 28% drop in domestic visitor numbers. The reason for this could perhaps be explained by a dramatic drop in the number of aid agency employees stationed in Mozambique and specifically in Maputo.
Xai-Xai IDP – TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK
Tourism to the Gaza Province (Including Domestic Market and South African Campers)
Development Initiatives Impacting on Xai-Xai Beach
Drafting of Strategic Planning Framework for Regional Tourism Development
On the request of the Mozambican government, financing was made available through the VII European Development Fund for the elaboration of a Coastal Tourism Master Plan for Mozambique. The project was commissioned to the company DanGroup International Consulting Engineers A/S and covers a two-year period, from 15/08/96 to 14/8/98.
The project consists of two components. The first component consists of tourism planning, providing an overall strategic tourism development framework, and in conjunction with this framework, physical development plans for four defined tourism zones. The second component consists of technical support to be provided to the National Directorate of Tourism (DINATUR) in respect of enhancing the technical and institutional capacity of this organisation that will be playing a central role in all future tourism development. A report compiled by DanGroup was released in 1997 and aimed to address the following terms of reference:
“To avoid that, at a later stage, illegal or inadequate tourism complexes are developed without relation to the characteristics and potentiality of the coastal zones;
To establish rational criteria and guidelines for the development of the selected coastal zones and to ensure that exploitation and opportunities of the tourism sector are carried out in an ecologically sustainable manner; and
To constitute the first phase of a management plan for the coastal zones, co- ordinated by the Ministry for Co-ordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA).”
Xai-Xai Beach falls in area B of the four defined tourism zones, which stretches from Macaneta (District of Maputo) and the Ponta da Linga-Linga (District of Inhambane). DanGroup’s report specifies the development concept for this zone as outlined in the Table 4 below:
Tourism Development Concept: Zone B
The coast from Macaneta to Pta. Linga-Linga
Family tourists. Medium/high income
Family accommodation units at beaches with major tourism flow.
Only prime quality camping parks to be allowed in Bilene area. No camping north of Gaza province.
Based on its accessibility from South Africa and Maputo, DanGroup recommends that the area extending to Chongoene (220km from Maputo) be developed for predominantly medium level