Angola: Over 40 hotels to be built by end of 2009

3 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 3 Jan – Over 40 hotels are due to be built in Angola over the next two years, the Angolan minister for Hotels and Tourism, Dinho Chingunji said Tuesday in Luanda.

Chingunji said that in Luanda between 10 and 20 hotel units across several categories would be built and noted that the hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 could drive investments in the sector and change the country’s image.

“We have had a lot of pressure from international groups that want to build hotels in the center of Luanda,” he said, adding that the idea was for these groups to also move to the provinces, because it is already difficult to find space in Luanda, particularly in the city center.

Chingunji noted that in 2007 six hotels were opened and said he hopes that the number of new projects would rise in 2008.

The occupancy rate of hotels in Angola in 2007 was around 79 percent and is expected to remain at that level over the next five years, the minister said noting that this rate was one of the highest in the world. (macauhub)