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UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mozambique Remains a Key USP for the Country

Mozambique Island remains a key USP (unique of Mozambique) that has opened to tourism with even a bridge from the mainland. This small island that was once the Capital of Mozambique is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and need protecting as Alain St.Ange said following a visit to the island in early March.


A view of Mozambique


“I had discovered this unique island in 1973 on my first ever trip outside of Seychelles after completing my schooling years at Seychelles College. It was a real pleasure to stop again at this same island in 2024” said St.Ange who was lecturing on a luxury liner as it stopped at Mozambique Island.


PHOTO - Gisela Matavel Antman & Alain St.Ange


“Today Mozambique Island has a bridge to its mainland and has made a major step into the world of tourism. A young Mozambican tourism operator, Gisela Matavel Antman is key to hold tourism firmly in the hands of locals. The mother of two is part owner in Villa Sands, one of the main resorts of the island with an authentic local restaurant right of the sea offering mouth watering seafood delights to the island’s discerning visitors. Gisela and her Swedish born husband, who also own a Maputo based Tour Operator business, prides herself that her efforts to balance her desire to develop Mozambique Island’s tourism as she also works to promote local artists as a benevolent benefactor with the aim of keeping the youth of the island employed and the culture of Mozambique Island alive is working” said Alain St.Ange.


Mozambique Island will nevertheless have to act on experiences learned by other tourism island destinations. The Government or local administration of the island will need to grab the dilapidated and rundown historical buildings and ensure their facade is rehabilated asap. This work will save the local architecture and bring back a sense of care and attention for the island. The island has everything to succeed in the upmarket tourism network but need more Gisela Matavel Antman in their tourism industry. The island remains a key USP for Mozambique and a little more care and attention.

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