Angola’s tourism sector generates revenues of US$ 104.2 million in 2005

18 September 2006

Luanda, Angola, 18 Sept – Tourism in Angola created receipts of US$ 104.2 million last year and attracted around 210,000 foreigners with tourist visas, Luanda’s tourism promotion agency, Infotur, has announced.

The statistics were released Friday at the 1st International Tourism and Culture Fair in Luanda, which would up Sunday, and show that most tourist visitors last year to Angola were from Portugal, South Africa, France and Brazil.

Some 15,600 more overseas tourists came to Angola in 2005 than in the previous year, according to the official figures, and the sector currently provides 49,500 jobs in a country with 734 establishments offering accommodation. Only 130 of these are hotels.

Luanda’s tourism authorities estimate that in the capital alone there is a shortage of 3,000 hotel beds. This situation is expected to improve in coming years with the opening of a number of new hotels. (macauhub)