The challenge of making tourism a source of revenue and job creation is one of the priorities of the government, which is urging the sector to boost its offering, Angolan hotel and Tourism Minister Ângela Bragança recently stated.
The minister made her comments at the opening of the international conference on eco-tourism and environmental information held at Kalandula Falls in Malanje province. She said there was an urgent need for her ministry to work with other ministerial departments, organisations, associations, tour operators and the private sector.
“Angola has tremendous natural, historical, cultural and other resources that comprise a heritage of immeasurable wealth. They should be valued and considered from the standpoint of tourism appeal,” said Bragança, cited by the newspaper Jornal de Angola.
The existence in Angola of a wide range of bio-diversity makes eco-tourism a segment to develop, via rational and sustainable use of natural resources that favour its preservation and the simultaneous wellbeing of local populations, she explained.
In 2015 Angola received 592,000 foreign tourists, 15 percent of them from Portugal, which topped the list of countries of origin, ahead of China and Brazil, indicate statistics released last March by the National Statistics Institute (INE).
The figures are taken from the INE’s 2015 Statistical Yearbook on Tourism, which indicated a 0.2 percent decline in the number of tourists entering Angola compared to 2014, due to the “sharp drop” in arrivals of tourists from Europe. (Macauhub)