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Cruise ship docked at the Port of Luanda with more than 400 tourists

More than 400 tourists of different nationalities arrived, this Wednesday, in Luanda, aboard a North American cruise ship, on a stopover that will last 10 hours.

: Alberto Julião/Angop
Alberto Julião/Angop  

A total of 493 tourists with Norwegian, Belgian, Swiss, Portuguese and North American nationality came on board the vessel – named Azamara and which docked at the Port of Luanda.

The agenda includes visits to some parts of the capital, namely the Palácio de Ferro, São Miguel Fortress, Remédios Church, Nossa Senhora da Nazaré Church, Anthropology Museum, Mussulo Island, Luanda Island and the Unknown Soldier Monument, writes Angop. 

One of the tourists, Mary Lima Jason, from the United States, said she enjoyed getting to know Angola. Cited by Angop, she added that she understands that Angola has the potential to develop in terms of tourism and other aspects.

Afonso Vita, director of the Institute of Tourism Development (INFOTUR), noted that the return of cruise ship docking in Angola helps to spread the country around the world and encourages the attraction of more investment in tourism.

On the occasion, the official, quoted by Angop, considered that the arrival of this type of vessel to Angola is a sign that the country is on the path of these vessels and is attracting the interest of foreign tourists.

"This is salutary, since tourism promotes the country's potential," he added.

The tourism sector in the country faces several adversities, mentioned the official, adding that the attraction of more investments and the determination of policies capable of attracting reliable partnerships are part of the current needs, which can be reduced with actions of the kind, writes Angop.

Afonso Vita also said that regardless of the obstacles, tourism plays a fundamental role in the development of the national economy, as there is enough potential to boost this sector and raise revenue with the participation of foreign businessmen.

The official added, quoted by Angop, that by February of next year five cruise ships will dock in Angola.

According to Angop, the ship that arrived in Angola this Wednesday, and will then head to Ghana, is the 39th to stop in the country since October 2012, as part of the promotion of tourism in the country.


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