Angola: Government reaffirms support for tourism investment

Luanda — The Angolan Executive, through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), pledged to continue supporting investment projects to private initiative, aimed at recovering and expanding the network hotel, rebuild infrastructure and support tourism activities in the country.

The commitment came from the director general of the Tourism Promotion Institute (Infotur), Afonso Vita, on Tuesday in Luanda.

He said the move is aimed at transforming the country rich in tourism resources into a popular destination for domestic and foreign tourists.

Addressing an opening ceremony, ahead of World Tourism Day commemorations on September 27, led by Secretary of State for Tourism Hélder Marcelino, the official highlighted the role of the sector.

He said the aim is to help achieve the strategic vision of diversifying the economy.

He said that the private sector is crucial in addressing the challenges after achieving the sector goals.

The official added that public-private cooperation is an essential strategy, which involves permanent sharing of relevant information and coordinated strategies.

The official called for the need to rethink the relationship between tourism and people, nature, climate and the economy, ensuring a fair distribution of the benefits of tourism and moving towards a resilient tourism economy.

Tourism, he added, can play an important role in preserving cultures and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, structuring it around natural resources, landscape, sun, beach, heritage culture, and by increasing business tourism, without neglecting the other segments.

According to him, the construction in the country of tourist enterprises of various types, fuels the expectation of being able to think and relaunch tourism in a safe way for inclusive economic growth.

He concluded by calling for the implementation of the strategic action defined for the next five years, responding to the desire to make Angola more open and attractive to national and international tourism.

The World Tourism Day program runs until September 30.

World Tourism Day was created in 1980 by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

This date coincides with the anniversary of the adoption of its statutes, September 27, 1970, and aims to make the international community better aware of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, economic and political values.

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