Angola lacking accommodation for Africa Cup of Nations

1 April 2009

Luanda, Angola, 1 April – A lack of accommodation in Angola may affect the Africa Cup of Nations held in the country in 2010, despite the country investing US$1 billion in building stadiums, airports and hotels, the deputy sports minister said Tuesday in Luanda.

Albino da Conceição told the Reuters news agency that there was enough accommodation for the teams and national delegations, although the problem was finding rooms for tourists visiting Angola during the championship.

Around 10,000 tourists are expected between 10 and 31 January, but the few hotels that there are are already fully booked and the 11 new hotels that are being built will not have enough rooms for expected demand.

One solution, Conceição said, was to call on residents of the four cities where the Cup games are to take place – Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango – to accommodate tourists during that period.

Previously, Angolan officials had said that they hoped that hosting the Cup in Angola would be the launch of the tourist industry in the country, which has a temperate climate and high quality beaches. (macauhub)