Thursday, April 2, 2009

Hotel Shortages in Angola Ahead of 2010 African Nations Cup

Host of the January 2010 African Nations Cup, Angola has invested heavily in the tournament. But now there are concerns that the country does not have enough hotel space to accommodate the 10,000 tourists expected during the event.

Angola's shortage of accommodation may overshadow the African Nations Cup next year despite the country's $1 billion efforts to build stadiums, airports and hotels, an official said on Tuesday.

"We have secured enough hotels for tournament officials and teams, but the problem will be to find rooms for the tourists that will come to our country," said Angola's deputy Minister for sports, Albino da Conceicao.

About 10,000 tourists are expected to come to oil-rich Angola during the Jan. 10-31 event but the few existing hotels are already booked months in advance and 11 new hotels being built will only accommodate a few thousand more.

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