Angola visited by 4.6 million tourists by 2020

25 September 2015

The tourism sector in Angola is expected by 2020 to record about 4.6 million tourists who will provide revenues estimated at US$4.7 billion, said Thursday the National Director of Tourist Activities of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.

Januário Marra, speaking about Tourism Week which this year has the the motto “1 million tourists, 1 million opportunities,” said the forecast tourism revenue in 2020 would account for about 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and the sector provides 1 million jobs.

Marra, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, said the qualitative transformation of tourism was currently affected by the country’s economic and financial situation, hence the need to pay special attention to the sector, which is strategic for the revival of the national economy.

The National Director of Tourist Activity said the sector faced the challenges of repairing and building appropriate facilities for the population and the tourism business, whilst contributing to the conservation and protection of natural heritage, promoting development of cultural and ethnic heritage and promoting a positive image of Angola abroad. (macauhub/AO)