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Opening of InterContinental Hotel in Luanda postponed until the end of the year

The first hotel of the InterContinental Hotels Group in Luanda is not expected to open until the end of this year, admitted the British hotel group.

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In a statement, InterContinental says the inauguration of Luanda Miramar, which will be "the first luxury hotel of an international brand" in the city, is scheduled for the last quarter of the year.

At the InterContinental Luanda Miramar website, however, it is only possible to make reservations for stays from January 1, 2021.

According to international recruitment portals, the InterContinental Hotels Group was already looking for staff to manage the hotel last June.

Construction of the 24-story building, which was to include a 377-room hotel and a casino, came to a standstill for two years and did not begin again until January 2018.

According to Sonangol's 2019 Accounts Report, the state oil company had already invested 139.3 billion kwanzas in the project.

Last January, the President, João Lourenço, created an inter-ministerial commission to accelerate the work.

The objective, Novo Jornal said at the time, was to inaugurate the hotel before the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) Heads of State Summit, which was scheduled for this month in Luanda, but was eventually postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.