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Hotel operators praise merger in the tourism department

The Association of Hotels and Resorts of Angola (AHRA) considered this Wednesday "very right" the merger of the Ministries of Culture, Tourism and Environment, hoping that the hotel sector becomes "fundamental" for the national economy.

: Nelson Malamba/Angop
Nelson Malamba/Angop  

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment is one of the new Angolan ministerial bodies that results from the remodeling made by the President, João Loureço, who reduced the executive from 28 to 21 ministries.

According to AHRA Secretary General, Ramiro Barreira, the measure "is very correct" because the state "also reduces its structural or administrative weight and represents gains for society and for the state itself.

"It makes the sectors much more functional and interdependent and I think there will be much more connection from the work point of view", he told the press, reacting to the reshuffles in the Government.

For the hotel leader, the new ministerial configuration will contribute in a "very clear way" to the promotion of tourism because it is linked to Culture and Environment, two "indispensable pillars for development".

"We are seeing from the point of view of promotion and development of tourism some aspects linked, for example, to conservation parks, natural reserves and all of them compete a lot for tourism", he pointed out.

Promoting tourism "is promoting the hotel business, the environment," he said, reiterating that the merger was "very wise" because there are many countries in the world where these ministries work in one.

Biologist Adjany Costa, 30, is the new minister of culture, tourism and environment. In 2019, she won the United Nations prize for environmental conservation.

"We think that he (the President of the Republic) is actually starting to have the government that he would like and we have to give him the primacy, because he is the President. This is a game and he knows what the key pieces are," he argued.

Ramiro Barreira said that operators are still waiting for the sector "to move from the second to the first division, to stop being marginal and become fundamental and primary in the Angolan economy".

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