Angola: Businesspeople invest in hotels in Huíla province

5 May 2008

Lubango, Angola, 5 May – Businesspeople from the province of Huíla are investing US$100 million in the construction of hotels units and similar facilities, with a view to preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-2010) scheduled to take place in Angola in 2010.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop in Lubango, the provincial director of hotels and tourism, Sérgio da Cunha Velho, said that hotels would be built in Lubango, Serra da Chela, Gunde One, work on which was already underway, as well as two similar facilities belonging to insurance company, Seguradora Angola Agora e Amanhã (AAA).

Cunha Velho said that once the hotels had been opened, with expected categories of three and four stars, beginning next year the province would have an extra 500 to 900 beds, which will considerably increasing the current accommodation capacity.

“We believe that these investments will be concluded in September/October 2009. We will then have the capacity to accommodate all the delegations that travel to Huíla province during the CAN,” he said.

According to Cunha Velho, the province’s existing hotels are also working on increasing their accommodation capacities, as well as improving their services with a view to meeting the demand of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010.

Huíla province, which has 14 municipalities, 1,559 inhabitants and 79,022 square kilometres) has five hotels and an undetermined number of inns and hostels. Its total accommodation capacity currently stands at 400 rooms, with around 800 beds. (macauhub)