Angola’s hotel and tourism services earned 10 billion kwanzas (US$35 million) in 2017, a drop of 2 billion kwanzas compared to the amount recorded in 2016, a Tourism Ministry official said on Friday in Luanda.
Mauro Jacob Luís, director of the Office of Studies, Planning and Statistics, also told the Angop news agency that the revenues recorded by the sector last year accounted for about 3.5% of the Angolan Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In 2017, he stressed, 260,900 tourists entered Angola, less than the 397,400 registered in 2016, a reduction that forced the Ministry of Tourism to establish an agenda with other partners to prevent the number of entries from falling further.
In the period under review, the number of people employed in the sector fell by 15%, investment in new units declined by 34%, with 18 new units and 936 rooms.
The average hotel occupancy rate fell from 40.76% in 2016 to 36.22% in 2017, Jacob Luís said, according to the Jornal de Angola newspaper.
The provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Huíla, Huambo and Cabinda are the ones that received the most tourists last year, while the main sources of tourists to Angola were South Africa, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. (macauhub)