Number of tourists visiting Angola sees significant drop from January to November

30 December 2014

The number of tourists visiting Angola between January and November fell significantly to 469,800 compared to over 650,000 in the same period of 2013, said the minister of Hotels and Tourism.

“Next year, we will complete the hotels of the Tourist Development Institute and the CAN 2010 hotels,” minister Pedro Mutindi said, cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Speaking at an end-of-year greetings ceremony, Mutindi said that 436 tourist facilities were built in 2014 creating 28,200 jobs, including eight hotels, 228 restaurants, 65 additional means of accommodation and 43 travel agencies.

For 2015 there are plans to build the Hotel Schools of Luanda, Benguela and Lubango and for the Okavango-Zambezi cross-border project to start operating and, according to the minister, “the continued promotion of domestic tourism in cooperation with provincial governments and carrying out hotel unit inspection visits.”

For tourism promotion, the director of the Institute of Tourist Development, Eugénio Clemente, said this year Angola had taken part in fairs in Spain, Germany, Portugal, South Africa and Cuba and has scheduled its attendance at fairs in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, China and Dubai this year. (macauhub/AO)