ATWS will never be forgotten: Shifeta

09 Jul 2013 09:20
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta has promised that Namibia will host an Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) ?never to be forgotten?.
The ATWS is slated for October 2013.
Shifeta was speaking during a seminar with the theme ?Towards sustainable tourism in Namibia: Management Models and Trends?, which was hosted by the Polytechnic of Namibia and the Spanish Embassy here on Tuesday.
?I do not have to remind you of the importance of the ATWS coming here in October. It will be the 10th anniversary of this world-class event, and the first time on African soil. I am confident that we will deliver a summit never to be forgotten to these international delegates,? he beamed.
The summit takes place from 26 to 31 October, and is set to host 700 international delegates, including a pre-summit for visitors to discover Namibia?s culture, wildlife, history and endless horizons.
All pre-summit delegates will participate in ?Two Days of Adventure?, which start in the capital and end at the coastal jewel Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.
The ATWS is 90 per cent sold-out.
Shifeta further boasted that Namibia has a powerful story to tell, saying ?conservation here is a global success story that echoes across the continents, and is seen as an example of how, by commitment and dedication and community empowerment, a nation and its biodiversity base can be transformed, leading to the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told?.
Tourism is everyone?s business, he said, adding that it is important to note that tourism has no future if a nation is not committed to its conservation, wildlife and people.
Namibia?s National Policy on Tourism has resulted in more joint venture lodges than any other destination.
In the process, thousands of jobs were created, said the deputy minister.
?The ATWS will have the focus on how to make the adventure travel tourism industry profitable, sustainable and a planet-friendly business with a focus on the empowerment of people, protection of the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources,? he continued.