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“unimpressive” really?

Last week we contacted a cruise ship company (won’t say which one) about their awful description of Ilha de Mozambique. In their online description of Ilha they said “… as you approach from the sea the island is unimpressive”. Really? “Unimpressive” are they joking? So, not impressed by the 1870’s Goa lighthouse perched on the … Continue reading “unimpressive” really?

Safety at sea, getting serious

Special safety meeting Ilha de Mozambique has an increasing number of small boat operators taking passengers to sea, either to see the whales or to picnic on nearby islands. At a meeting called following 2 incidents last week, the Capitania laid out the rules and warned that under his control things will be tightened up. … Continue reading Safety at sea, getting serious

Developing the destination image

It was so good to see the article focusing on Ilha De Mozambique in the latest Skyways inflight magazine. (Airlink. August 2019 edition). However, isn’t it about time we moved away from the tired old ‘land that time forgot’ trope or in this case the ‘out-of-the-way island’ cliché.  I’m not meaning to pick on Airlink, … Continue reading Developing the destination image

Strategies for managing tourism growth

Mention that you run a tourism business and it wont be long before the term  ‘over tourism’ pops up. This is not a bad thing, we certainly need to confront the issue that everyone’s talking about. Here are 3 articles that challenge the way we look at the negative impacts of tourism and offer more … Continue reading Strategies for managing tourism growth

Heads Up! Mozambican Whale Watching is set to become big business.

Over the past month, 16 coastal towns South Africa and Mozambique have held festivals to announce the arrival of humpback whales journeying north along the migration route from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Mozambique. This program of festival events has been supported by the World Cetacean Alliance; an international partnership of over 90 businesses, … Continue reading Heads Up! Mozambican Whale Watching is set to become big business.

Business Intelligence

We’ve received a lot of interest in the idea of creating a BI network to collaborate on tourism information gathering and sharing here in Mozambique. This information or Business Intelligence (B.I.), is what we all need so we can make good strategic business decisions – setting goals, pricing, positioning, when to invest, when to sit … Continue reading Business Intelligence

How to attract skilled professionals to work as volunteers in your responsible tourism business?

At WTM Africa in Cape Town, Ilha Blue made a presentation on how to bring young professionals from across the world to work as volunteers in their Responsible Tourism business, creating mutually beneficial experiences. These volunteers can bring exactly the skills that many small tourism businesses struggle with, and help the business by completing a … Continue reading How to attract skilled professionals to work as volunteers in your responsible tourism business?