Excessive bureaucracy in the granting of entry visas to Angola has contributed to a decrease in occupancy rates in hotels, making many foreigners give up because of the delay, said on Friday in Luanda the chairman of the Angolan Association of Hotels and Resorts (AHRA).
Armindo César, who was speaking at the Forum on the Business Environment in the hotel and tourism sector, pointed to the existence of bad debts, resulting from the inability of hotels to honour the commitments to banks due to the sharp drop in revenues and high interest rates indexed to the dollar, as factors that have disrupted the development of tourism in the country.
The excessive strictness of the tax authorities in punishing with fines and high interest on delayed payments along with weak technical training of hotel staff are also factors that prevent the development of the hotel sector, according to Armindo César quoted by Angolan state news agency Angop.
Against this backdrop, he said, AHRA outlined strategies to mitigate the effects of the constraints mentioned, and the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism agreed that from now on hotel establishments will have access to foreign exchange to import the goods they need.
The president of AHRA said a consensus had been reached that will soon allow the introduction of a new, and less bureaucratic, legal framework for issuing visas, where the biggest novelty will be granting tourist visas at the airport and land borders, as well as at consulates in the required time. (macauhub)