Five large hotels to be built in Luanda by 2010, minister says

25 September 2006

Luanda, Angola, 25 Sept – Five larges hotels will be built in Luanda by 2010 the Angolan minister for Hotels and Tourism, Eduardo Chingunji said Friday adding that the world’s large international chains had shown interest in setting up in the East African country.

“By 2010 we will have another five large hotels and more than 3,000 b3eds will be available to supply the needs of visitors,” the minister said alluding to the fact that Angola is to host the soccer African Cup of Nations in that year.

Chingunji, who was speaking at a press conference held for World Tourism Day on September 27, said that some of the main international hotel chains had said they were available to set up in Angola.

Those international chains included Sheraton, Marriott, Accor and Sun International, according to the minister.

There are currently 734 accommodation units in Angola, of which just 130 are actually hotels, with the authorities estimating that there is a deficit of around 3,000 beds in Luanda alone.

For that reason, Luanda’s main hotels are permanently full and it is extremely difficult for visitors to find an available room without making a reservation far ahead of time.

In the meeting with journalists, Chingunji said he believed Angola would become, “a tourist destination par excellence within three years” due to the country’s potential, highlighting the fact that discussions were currently underway with the Ministry of the Interior to ensure that the visa process for tourists was simplified.

Official figures showed that tourist activity in Angola generated revenues of US$104.2 million in 2005, a year in which around 210,000 foreigners travelled to the country on a tourist visa, mainly from Portugal, South Africa, France and Brazil. (macauhub)