Namibia Airports Company (NAC) today made a donation amounting to N$ 289 824 in aid of the hosting of the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) later this year.
ATWS takes place from 26 to 31 October in both Windhoek and Swakopmund.
The donation comprises of N$ 50.000 in cash and N$ 239 824 on quantitative values.
NAC acting chief executive officer Tamer Sami El Kallawi says the contributing towards this summit is a direct step towards building sustainable capacity: “this will be the foundation upon which the Namibian tourism industry will grow and contribute to the nation long after the event.”
He added that as Namibia is one of many preferred tourist destinations.
“We should not continue to just rely on its reputation as a peaceful nation but rather need to collectively take a pro-active role in investing into infrastructure development, technological advancement and customer services especially at the airports which constitute the gateway to Namibia.
Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) representative Natasha Martin commended the partnership shown by NAC for the organisation of the summit.
CEO of the Hospitality Association of Namibia and part of Team Destination Namibia Gitta Paetzold, also noted that the partnership of NAC is an important step, especially because that the airport is the first impression delegates will get at their arrival for the Summit.
“We foresee the summit positioning Namibia as a tourism hub. Let’s note that 5% of the world travel is to Africa and the most used way of travel is by air, thus this partnership is important as most the delegates will come by air,” she says.
NAC have joined in the preparations for the six day event with a free welcoming desk at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, about 700 gifts for the delegates to the summit and security permits for the summit organisers amongst others.