MAPUTO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Th Mozambican government expects more than 100,000 tourists during the Christmas holiday period.
The National Tourism Directorate on Thursday said the number of beds increased to 43,000 this year, against 40,000 in 2011, with the southern provinces of Inhambane and Maputo bracing for the chunk of holiday arrivals.
For business tourism, said the directorate, the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, the northwestern province of Tete, Maputo and the northern region of Nampula are the main destinies, but beds fall short.
Martinho Muatxiwa of the National Directorate of Tourism said the country is still working hard to get more beds to satisfy the demands.
"We cannot say categorically that there are no beds in all the provinces, because we see tourism operators and some families find ways of receiving visitors," he said.
Some families provide tourists and friends with their homes temporarily during the Christmas holiday season.
Mwatxiwa also called on operators to provide good service for tourists who want to go to attractive places, including beaches, parks, game reserves and historic sites.
He asked drivers to do their jobs with prudence to avoid accidents. "We also would like to urge the tourists to be on alert against strange people, because there are people of bad faith who take advantage of festive days to rob people." he added.