The reduction of the purchasing power of citizens is also one of the factors that contribute to the low (between 15% to 30%) occupancy rate of hotels and similar, an indicator that worries businesspeople and the Ministry of Tourism.
In this regard, Angolan Tourism minister, Angela Bragança, met Friday with directors of tourism enterprises in which she admitted that, in recent years, it has not been easy to travel through the national roads to the central and southern provinces like Huambo, Benguela, Huíla and other regions with tourism potential.
“The hotel units strongly resent this impact and others, since our tourism is still more connected to business,” the minister admitted to the press, on the fringes of the meeting.
She went on to say joint work is underway at ministerial level, to make the sector more dynamic, because the situation calls for transversal intervention.
In addition to the roads, operators in the tourism sector are calling for a greater opening of airspace, an issue that will be urgently reviewed with the Ministry of Transport, with the possibility of greater intervention in the field of civil aviation, with a view to creating faster links between the provinces, as well as facilitate the international certification of some airports.
As an example, the issue of the Kuito Kuanavale and Catumbela airports, which will have the status of international airports, was raised at that meeting.
The minister said that should this intention be achieved to raise these airports to the category of international, both domestic and foreign tourists will be able to connect with Victoria Falls to Angola in less time.
She said that Okavango region, which covers other countries, such as Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, is already being very dynamic in the area of foreign operators and investors, who also have expressed interest in working with Angola in this regard.