At least 7,927 Angolans found jobs in the hotel sector in 2012 as a result of an increased number of hotels and similar facilities and a rise in room capacity, Angolan news agency Angop reported.
Angola’s Hotel and Tourism minister, Pedro Mutindi said that the country now has 8,278 rooms, with a total of 11,264 beds in 2012.
The minister also said that this number would continue to increase each year as new hotel facilities open across the country and due to government activities to promote hotel and tourism development.
Mutindi also announced that in 2013 construction of three hotel and tourism training schools would continue in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela and Huila, and five hotels belonging to the National Tourism Training Institute (INFOTUR) will be finished, which are expected to create 1,000 new jobs.
“This year is special for the sector because we implemented structural measures, which are now the basis for development and growth of the hotels and tourism business,” said Pedro Mutindi, noting that in the near future there would be price changes in Angola’s hotel units.
Next year, the minister said, the Government plans to pay particular attention to setting up the Tourism Development Hub of Calandula , in Malanje province, of Cabo Ledo (Luanda) and the Okavango Basin, in Kuando Kubango, as they are considered to be business opportunities for the private sector. (macauhub)