Poor roads impede domestic tourism in Angola

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The reduction of domestic tourism in Angola due to the poor state of repair of inter-provincial roads and the high price of tickets is having a negative effect on the occupancy rate of hotels and similar establishments, the country’s Tourism Minister has said.

Ângela Bragança, during a meeting with directors of tourism enterprises recently, admitted that it is no longer easy to travel by road to the provinces of Huambo, Benguela and Huíla, as well as to other regions with tourism potential.

The minister also said a drop in the purchasing power of citizens is also one of the factors that contribute to the occupancy rate of hotels and similar establishments to between 15% and 30%, which is of concern to both the ministry and business owners in the sector.

“The hotel units feeling this impact and others very hard, as our tourism is still more connected to business,” said the minister on the sidelines of the meeting, quoted by the Angop news agency.

In addition to bad road conditions, operators in the tourist sector want more the airspace to be opened up further, “an issue that will be reviewed as a matter of urgency with the Ministry of Transport,” according to the minister, with the international certification of some airports.

Business owners noted the cases of the Cuito Cuanavale and Catumbela airports, which are expected to have be given the status of international airport and, when this happens, connections between Angola and Victoria Falls will be made easier. - Macauhub

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