Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:45 - Updated Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:45
Angola invests in domestic tourism
Luanda - The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced it will invest in the promotion and development of the domestic tourism. This was announced in Luanda by the Tourism minister, Paulino Baptista, during the official ceremony of closing of the 5th edition of the International Tourism Fair “Bitur-Okavango”, that included a cycle of conferences and the presentation of the Tourism Operative Plan (POT).
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POT envisages attracting revenues, developing domestic tourism and personnel training, focusing on the development of ecotourism, cultural tourism and foment of public and private investments.
POT also aims to guide public and private investments, ensuring balance in the territorial distribution of housing and tourist facilities, as well as improve the use and exploitation of human, cultural and natural resources.
To Paulino Baptista, the approval of the POT 2016/2017 will allow steps towards the development of the sector, despite the effects of the crisis which has led to a drop in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country.
According to the minister, POT contains actions to reverse the current situation, by investing in regional and domestic tourism.
Before Angola fell into the crisis in 2014, due to the fall in the oil price on the world market, the tourism sector was one of the most promising in terms of future development, with tour operators investing in the creation of hotel facilities.
In 2010, the incoming of tourists increased by 16,1 percent, and the supply of hotels increased to 136 units, with an average occupation rate of 89 percent and higher investments over one billion dollars.
In addition to the Futungo de Belas Tourism Development Project (Luanda), three more projects were approved like the Calandula (Malanje), Cabo Ledo (Bengo) and the Kavango Basin (Kuando Kubango), under which Angola is part of the cross-border environmental conservation area, wildlife and ecologic tourism, with the participation of such neighbouring countries as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
According to predictions, the Angolan tourism sector would receive by 2020, more than four million tourists, thus contributing about three percent to the Gross Domestic Product, and creating one million direct and indirect jobs.
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