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Tourism lost 1.7 million guests between 2020 and 2021

The tourism sector lost 1.7 million guests between 2020 and 2021, compared to the same period last year, reflecting restrictions on travel associated with the covid-19 pandemic, according to a publication by the National Statistics Institute (INE).


In the period under analysis, national tourist establishments registered accommodation, associated with tourist trips, of 3.5 million guests, representing a decrease of 1.7 million compared to the same period last year.

Resident Angolans made more than 984,000 tourist trips, reflecting a negative variation of 25.15 percent, that is, less than 330,000, compared to the 2018-2019 biennium.

“From the point of view of distribution by origin, resident Angolans, with a weight of 60.36 percent, represented the largest proportion of total overnight stays in the biennium, followed by foreign guests, with 39.64 percent”, read- if in the document.

Regarding the type of accommodation, demand was highest for other types of accommodation (860,853), followed by hotels (839,405).

In terms of overnight stays by province, Luanda led (36.36 percent), followed by Benguela (14.88 percent), Huíla (9.20 percent) and Cuanza Sul (6.93 percent).

The Tourism Statistical Yearbook 2020-2021, 2023 edition, to which Lusa had access, states that the flow of guests, mainly resident Angolans, in all accommodation units and the holding of various business-oriented events provided the sector with private sector to collect more than 314 billion kwanzas.

“In comparative terms, revenues in the biennium represented a negative variation of 0.78 percent, that is, less than 26.7 billion kwanzas in relation to the same biennium, whose revenues reached the amount of 340 billion kwanzas” , refers in the publication.

INE states that, in 2021, tourist accommodation units, restaurants and similar facilities and travel and tourism agencies employed 183,000 people, representing a positive variation of 0.6 percent, that is, more than 1086 new jobs, in compared to the year 2020.

In 2021, it was found that restaurants and similar businesses employed more people, reaching 49.53 percent of total jobs, leading the capital, Luanda, with 61.1 percent of total jobs in the sector across the country. country, followed by Benguela (10.1 percent), Huíla (7.6 percent) and Cuanza Sul (6.5 percent).

Exceptionally, this edition presents statistical information for the years 2020 and 2021 due to the discontinuity of its production, determined by the covid-19 pandemic in the two years in question.

Travel for business reasons represented 61.4 percent of international arrivals to Angola, while transit came in second place, with 15 percent, followed by holiday travel with 13.1 percent.

The document indicates that tourists from the ten countries that landed the most in Angola in the period under analysis totaled 70.44 percent, led by Portugal (47.3 percent), followed by Brazil (10.0 percent) and France (9.6 percent).

INE highlights that the comparison with data from 2018-2019 made it possible to analyze the effects of the pandemic on the behavior of tourism indicators, namely tourist arrivals to Angola by air, main reasons for travel, employability, availability and occupancy of tourism units. accommodation, as well as tourist income and expenses.

Angola had its borders closed between March and September 2020, having maintained several restrictive measures until May 16, 2022, when the end of the public calamity situation was declared.


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