Hotel investment in Angola has new rules

23 March 2007

Luanda, Angola, 23 March – Investment in hotel developments and similar facilities in Angola now have to receive approval beforehand and hand in their project and classification proposal to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, under the terms of a ministerial dispatch published Thursday in Luanda.

According to the note signed by Minister Eduardo Jonatão Chingunji, and cited by Angolan news agency Angop, not fulfilling these requirements will lead to the hotel not being granted a license.

The measure, according to the dispatch, aims to prevent hotels and other facilities from being built outside of requirements, give ministry professionals back their real role of issuing technical studies of hotel facilities, as well as classifying each facility.

The president of the Association of Angolan Hotel Owners (Ahoresia), João Gonçalves, said he was entirely in agreement with the government as the level of “non-fulfillment of the law” by some investors had reached worrying levels.

Created in 1997, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is responsible for orienting and regulating hotel activities throughout Angola. (macauhub)