On the 28th of March to mark the 200th year of the City, Ilha de Mozambique opened its new and very stylish tourism information office. The new office, or Posto de Turismo, is in the Girassol Building, one of the islands most recognizable landmarks . To mark this auspicious event there were speeches from the numerous dignitaries, several dance troops, theatre performance groups and even a Scottish Bagpiper.

 

Actors perform for dignitaries

 

 

Tufo Dancers

The new Tourism office consists of three rooms all beautifully lit with natural light. The first is clad in local hardwood and has a large map of the island dominating one wall. Here is where there are brochures and other local information for visitors to brows or take away. The second room has display space; currently has some stunning black and white photos with an educational theme, here there are also computers with WiFi for visitor use. The last room is more like a private office and perhaps the nerve centre for the island’s future tourism campaigns and strategies.

 

Visitors collecting brochures and other information

 

 

 

Long white walls make great display space

 

 

Inside the Posto de Turismo showing wood panels and static displays

 

An appreciative audience

The Posto de Turismo replaces the former posto which was located at the entrance to the island. Unfortunately this site never lived up to expectations probably because tourists like to settle into their accommodation before going in search of information. The new location is within 300m of most of the island’s tourism offerings: tour activity offices, restaurants, accommodation and retail shops so it is much more convenient for visitors