Nearly 300 exhibitors registered for 2014 Tourism Expo

13 May 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) - Namibian tourism will once again dominate the local exposition landscape when the 16th annual Namibia Tourism Expo kicks off in Windhoek next month.
What started off as a small event back in 1999 is now the main attraction for the tourism and tourism-related industry as more than 280 exhibitors have registered for this year's expo, which is taking place under the theme 'No Limits'.
The expo provides a platform for various role-players in the hospitality industry to showcase their products and services to potential tourists, travellers or visitors, while supportive companies which provide products and services to the hospitality sector will also showcase their wares and services. Apart from the tourism sector, Bank Windhoek is also involved, getting car dealers together to showcase their products in the Bank Windhoek/Republikein Motor Show.
To make the expo more attractive and adventurous, the organisers Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), formerly known as Democratic Media Holdings (DMH), has concluded an agreement with Viglietti Motors in Cape Town. The company imports and sells Ferraris and other exclusive brands, and will be displaying Ferraris during the expo.
“We do not sell Ferraris, we sell dreams, as it is the dream of many to drive or even own a red Ferrari,” Viglietti Motors Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mervyn Eagles said during the launch of the expo in Windhoek on Monday.
Readers of the three newspapers owned by NMH - Republikein, Namibian Sun, and Allgemeine Zeitung – also stand a chance to win a test drive in one of the cars.
NMH CEO Albe Botha told Nampa in an interview on Monday he is very excited about the expo.
“We worked very hard with the vehicle exhibitors to integrate them into tourism as well,” Botha stated. He added that they went into an agreement with Gondwana Collections, and the first 200 customers who buy a vehicle at the expo will receive a free weekend for two at any Gondwana lodge. This was done to promote tourism in the country, he noted.
“We as NMH believe that the tourism expo plays an important role in enhancing and promoting tourism for Namibians, to be enjoyed by Namibians,” he said.
The Tourism Expo will take place from 04 to 07 June at the Windhoek Show Grounds.