Angola: Number of tourists rises 132 pct between 2002 and 2005

10 June 2008

Luanda, Angola, 10 June – The number of tourists travelling to Angola rose from 90,500 in 2002 to 209,900 in 2005, posting a rise of 132 percent, according to a document on “The Situation of Tourism in Angola,” distributed to delegates at the 8th “Leon H. Sullivan” Summit.

Between 2006 and 2007 there was a rise of 60 percent, according to Angolan news agency Angop, citing the document that was distributed at the summit, which was held between 2 and 6 June in Arusha, Tanzania.

“Means of transport used by tourists were air with 75 percent in 2005, followed by road, with 23 percent and sea, with 2 percent, percentages which remained the same in 2006 and 2007,” the document said.

The main reasons for travel to Angola were business and services, with 82 percent and holidays and family visit accounting for 15 percent of the total.

The workforce employed in the hotel and tourism sector rose from 22,200 people in 2002 to 45,500 in 2005.

The future of tourism in Africa was the main theme of the 8th Leon H. Sullivan Summit, which brought together 2,000 Africa and North American delegates. (macauhub)