Cabo Verde’s (Cape Verde’s) air safety agency ASA – Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea de Cabo Verde plans to invest 130 million escudos on remodelling Hotel AtlÂntico, in the city of Espargos, Sal Island, to adapt it to the tourism and aviation market, the president of ASA said.
Mário Paixão said ASA would manage Hotel Atlântico as an accommodation unit and that, for this, the facility would be completely remodelled, according to Cape Verdean weekly newspaper A Semana.
The idea is to adapt the hotel to serve crews of aircraft that land in Sal and in order to do that ASA is considering partnerships with airlines, operators, representatives of government departments and other users.
In addition to providing accommodation, Hotel Atlântico will also be used as a training school open to students from the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP).
This move brings an end to the direct stake owned by the Cape Verdean state in Hotel Atlântico, after the current government decided to sell all of its shares in the hotel and transfer the facility to a strategic partner.
A first attempt to do this was made in 2004 when the State transferred control of the Hotel Atlântico to Cabetur Hoteis, Gestão e Empreendimentos Turísticos. (macauhub/CV)