Diving Tourism in Mozambique: An Opportunity at Risk?

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This article examines divers' perspectives and demographics in Tofo Beach, Inhambane. It discusses the urgent need for good management. Analysis is based on data collected from 530 semistructured questionnaires for divers and participatory observation during field research from April to December 2008. For 74% of respondents, the diving component was a key incentive to visit Mozambique. Most of the divers in Tofo are experienced and particularly wish to interact with whale sharks and manta rays. It is suggested that while marine tourism is a potential opportunity for sustainable tourism, it may be at risk due to the lack of management combined with the dependence on just a few marine mega fauna species not yet protected.

Keywords: DIVING TOURISM; MARINE TOURISM; MOZAMBIQUE; SCUBA DIVE; SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427311X13195453162732

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • Tourism in Marine Environments is an interdisciplinary journal dealing with a variety of management issues in marine settings. It is a scientific journal that draws upon the expertise of academics and practitioners from various disciplines related to the marine environment, including tourism, marine science, geography, social sciences, psychology, environmental studies, economics, marketing, and many more.
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