Angola: Hotel occupation rate in 2007 was 79 pct

2 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 2 Jan – The rate of occupation in Angola’s hotels during 2007 was 79 percent and this trend is set to continue over the coming five years, the country’s minister of tourism and hotels, Dinho Chingunji, said Tuesday.

Angola’s hotel occupation rate is among the world’s highest, said the minister, and each new hotel built in Angola “contributes very little to that necessary to satisfy existing demand for rooms.”

Angola’ climate of peace is brining many business people to the country and the pace of hotel construction is not keeping up with rising demand for hotel beds, added Chingunji.

New tourist complexes have a 100 percent occupation rate on the day of opening, noted the minister, and many people wishing to visit Angola fail to do so due to lack of hotel accommodation.

One reason for Angola’s lack of hotel beds is that new hotels were not built during the country’s long civil war, the minister said. The 2002 peace accord caused greater movement of people around the country and this has also increased the need for more hotel accommodation.

The pressing need for more hotels in Angola, however, has opened the door to major investments in the sector, said Chingunji. (macauhub)