Tourist activity in Angola in 2014 provided revenues of US$1.5 billion according to statistics from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, cited by weekly newspaper Expansão.
Carlos Borges, consultant to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, told the weekly on the sidelines of the general assembly to establish the Angolan Hotels and Resorts Association (AHRA), that the sector’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product was currently less than 1.0 percent.
The coordinator of the installing committee of AHRA, Armindo César, said there were plans to increase that contribution to around 3 percent by 2017, which required this year opening about 600 hotels and 117 tourist resorts all over the country, creating 70,000 jobs.
César was concerned with the lack of skilled workers, able to develop the sector, which, he said, “can and should be a driver of economic development,” adding that the number of schools and professional training centres professional in Angola was entirely insufficient for current needs.
The head of the association said AHRA’s operating strategy to join the actions that the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has developed for creation of hotel training schools at basic, secondary and higher levels.
César said establishing the Angolan Hotels and Resorts Association was based on the need to regulate prices at hotels, in order to end “anarchy” in the sector. (macauhub/AO)