Meeting of CPLP Tourism Ministers in Lisbon

The Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to Portugal, Tito Mba Ada, who spoke at the II Tourism Sector Business and Investment Forum, in representation of the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion, Rufino Ndong, reported on the climate of peace and political stability in Equatorial Guinea, a safe, open, attractive country suitable for investment in tourism.

The meeting took place on 14th March in Lisbon, coinciding with the Lisbon International Fair (FIL), with the aim of promoting and energising business in the tourism sector, and identifying the tourist potential within the CPLP area.

Tito Mba Ada, in his speech, reported on the potential and opportunities for investment and tourism development in Equatorial Guinea, and also presented the extensive network of modern roads throughout the nation; ports, airports, international conference halls aimed at congress tourism; sports facilities suitable for hosting any international competition; hotel infrastructure with international standard golf courses; the fibre optics communications network, which facilitates international communication, and connection by airlines.

Mba Ada also referred to ecological or nature tourism, and challenges such as Pico Basile, at 3,008 metres in height; the Virgin de Bisila Hermitage and the centennial Church of Batete; and the beaches at Ureka, Riaba, Arena Blanca, Rio Campo, Mbini and Corisco, to name but a few examples. He also mentioned the Falls of Ilachi; the Malabo national Park; Appot Lake on the island of Annobon; the Muni Estuary; the River Mbini, which can be navigated, with a modern bridge joining its banks to Bolondo; the Piedra Nzas and Akom Nkan, a true delight of nature; and the Monte Alen Natural Park, where the Nature Conservation Project known as ECOFAC is under way, etc.

In addition, the Ambassador presented the work being done by the Government through the National Tourism Plan; the Tourist Visa Law; the General Law on the Classification and Quality of Hotel Establishments in Equatorial Guinea; the Regulatory Law for Tourist Guides; the Regulatory Law for Travel Agencies; the Tourist Portection Law; and Online Visa. In addition, the creation of the National Tourism Office is imminent.

As opportunities, he mentioned aspects of cultural tourism, such as its Spanish legacy of cathedrals and churches spread throughout national territory; congress tourism, with congress palaces in Sipopo, Bata, Djibloho, Baney, Mongomo, etc.; golf tourism, with internationally recognised courses in Sipopo and Mongomo; beach tourism, with numerous virgin beaches of white sand, which can be discovered throughout the national territory (the islands of Bioko, Corsico, Annobon, and the coasts of the Continental Region, from the mouth of the River Campo to the River Muni Estuary); sports tourism, with the existence of sports stadiums in all cities in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, capable of hosting any international competition.

The diplomat concluded by reporting on the opening of the Single Business Window in order to improve the business climate, recalling that Equatorial Guinea is also a member of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and has signed bilateral agreements with friendly countries.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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