Angola’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism plans to regain control of public hospitality and tourism schools and build seven training hotels by 2015, Minister Pedro Mutindi said.
“We stopped being responsible for the public tourism schools over 10 years ago and as a result, Angola no longer has enough qualified staff to meet the demand of hotel and tourism services,” he said.
The schedule for construction of training hotels started with laying the first stone, at the end of August, for the Luanda Hotel School, in the commune of Ramiro, Belas municipality with an execution period of 12 months.
Estimated to cost 1.9 billion kwanza (US$19.4 million), the Hotel School will be built on an area of 1.5 hectares, will have 50 rooms, 12 classrooms, four residences for management staff and can accommodate 500 students at once, 96 of which as boarders.
Apart from Luanda, the programme will gradually benefit the provinces of Benguela, Huila, Uige, Moxico and Huambo.
“By building this facility, the foundations for a new era are laid, in line with government guidelines as part of the National Plan for Teacher Training,” said Mutindi, cited by Angolan weekly newspaper Expansão. (macauhub/AO)