AFRICAN SAFARI LODGE FOUNDATION
The African Safari Lodge Foundation (ASLF) is a not-for-profit company with an independent board of directors. It isincorporated under Section 21 of the South African Companies Act, registered as a Public Benefit Organization, and enjoys tax-exempt status from the South African Revenue Service. The ASLF is in good standing and fully compliant with all the requirements governing its operations. The ASLF works mainly in South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique, and participates in various African and global networks to implement a development program designed to enhance the positive contribution of safari lodges and other forms of tourism to rural livelihoods. Click here for more information.
BOUNDLESS SOUTHERN AFRICA
In 2005, the tourism and environment ministers of nine SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) endorsed a TFCA development strategy for 2010 and beyond. Its main objective is to increase the tourism potential of southern Africa by consolidating the marketing and investment promotion efforts of existing transfrontier initiatives. South Africa was given a mandate to coordinate the implementation of the strategy.
Boundless Southern Africa is the marketing brand for transfrontier conservation areas developed under the auspices of this strategy. Seven TFCAs that straddle the nine stakeholders’ borders are being marketed as preferred tourist and investment destinations.
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THE HERITAGE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Heritage Environment Management Company (Heritage) developed the “Heritage Environmental Certification Programme” in order to provide tourism businesses with an effective environmental management system designed to reduce and limit the environmental impact of the businesses. Heritage offers a hands-on environmental approach for businesses on resource management that delivers financial returns and at the same time enables businesses to position themselves as environmentally responsible. Click here for more information.
The National Tourism Institute (INATUR) is a corporate entity Institution with administrative, financial and patrimonial autonomy formed through Decree nº 36/2008, of 17th September.
It was formed with the objective of promoting development in the tourism sector, grading of tourism establishments, developing tourism special areas, promoting studies and development programmes, promoting investment and tourism activities and developing training activities for the professionals of the tourism sector.
The Key Strategic Objectives of INATUR are:
• To promote the country as a tourism destination both in the national and international markets, through the participation in travel fairs, production and distribution of promotional material, implementation of tourism information desks and public relations offices abroad;
• To finance investment projects in the tourism sector by granting loans to SMMEs;
• To contribute to the production of spatial plans in the Priority Areas for Tourism Investment (PATIs), in coordination with relevant institutions with the aim of promoting integrated development of the national tourism product, in accordance with the strategic plan for tourism development;
• To create accommodation infrastructures (in the districts situated in places with potential for tourism development), with the aim of increasing accommodation establishments, incentivizing domestic tourism and creating new jobs, enabling the eradication of current poverty levels;
• To support the development of training initiatives in the sector, with the aim of elevating the levels of quality of the services provided.
• To promote grading of the tourism establishments.
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Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa(RETOSA)
The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is a Southern African Development Community (SADC) body responsible for the promotion and marketing of tourism in the region. RETOSA aims to create a concrete destination identity in the market in order for the region to compete effectively. RETOSA is managed by a board drawn from national tourism authorities/boards and national tourism private sector umbrella bodies in the SADC countries. Click here for more information.
Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique, is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The capital city is Maputo (known as Lourenço Marques before Independence).
Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in) depending on the region, with an average of 590 mm (23.2 in).
Portuguese is the official and most widely spoken language of the nation, spoken by 50.3% of the population. 39.7%, mostly representing the indigenous African population, speak it as their second language and only 10.7% speak it as their first language. Most Mozambicans living in the cities speak Portuguese as their first language.