Angola aims to become cruise ship destination

15 May 2015

The government is working with travel agencies and tourism operators to attract cruise ships to various Angolan ports, the director of tourism activities of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said in Luanda.

Cited by the daily Jornal de Angola, Destino Alexandre commented on Tuesday the arrival in Luanda of a cruise ship with 600 passengers of various nationalities, which docked for several hours so the tourists could visit the city.

Alexandre said the passenger ship’s arrival would help disseminate the country’s image abroad and “represents another plus for Angola and an opportunity to promote domestic and international tourism.”

The cruise ship that arrived in the Angolan capital on Tuesday morning had made previous stops in Cape Town, South Africa, and Luderitz and Walvis Bay, both in Namibia.

After Luanda the ship continued on its route to São Tomé and Príncipe, Cabo Verde, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

It was the eighth cruise ship and one of the biggest to visit Angola this year. A further eight are scheduled to visit Luanda, Benguela and Namibe during the 2015 tourism season.

A committee from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism recently took part in the International Tourism Fair (Indaba) held in Durban, South Africa, with the aim of attracting investors to help develop several tourist areas, among them Cabo Ledo. (Macauhub/AO/ST)