The first edition in Angola of the World Tourism Forum was held from May 23 to 25, with the first two days of the event being used for lectures, debates, exhibitions of tourism products and services, awards to travel agents and a jewellery auction.
On the last day, set aside for tourist trips, a group of Angolan and foreign businesspeople, governors, public managers and journalists visited the province of Namibe and another group travelled to Mussulo Island in Luanda, the Angop news agency reported.
The meeting concluded with some recommendations to the Angolan government, such as the need to develop infrastructure, security and improve the business environment to attract investment and tourists.
Participants in the Forum, which was opened on Thursday by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, recommended the establishment of partnerships among African countries for the development of the sector.
Participants recognised the “strong impact” of tourism on the global economy and community-based management of natural resources. They concluded that no tourism project is successful unless it promotes community involvement.
This WTF meeting is the second to be held in Africa after Accra, the capital of Ghana, and has previously been hosted in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Qatar, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.