31 Aug 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - The growth of tourist arrivals in Namibia was minimal with an increase of only five per cent recorded from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest tourist statistics report which was released on Wednesday.
This is in comparison to the 12.2 per cent increase in tourist arrivals from 2013 to 2014.
More than 1.5 million foreign arrivals were recorded for 2015 compared to 1.4 million foreign arrivals recorded in 2014.
These figures give us confidence that we are making good progress in our efforts to grow and develop the tourism industry as a global sector. Year-to-date, tourism sector performance especially inbound demand remains remarkably strong despite persisting global economic crisis, Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said during a media conference here on Wednesday when he released the report.
He added that in order to uphold and build on these impressive numbers, they have to continue to make the best endeavours to ensure that the country remains a value for money destination by providing excellent service and ensuring environmental sustainability.
Statistics indicated that tourists from North America increased by 12.4 per cent from 2014 to 2015, with 62.1 per cent of these tourists being older than 40.
Namibias top 10 tourist markets are Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Germany, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the United Kingdom, United States of America, France and other African countries.
Looking at the age profile by region, tourists from Africa to Namibia dominated the 30 to 39 age groups, while tourists from Europe dominated the 60+ age group.
About 70.8 per cent of tourists are road users, while 27.1 per cent are air users. More men (63 per cent) than women (37 per cent) are visiting Namibia.
About 43 per cent of the tourists visit Namibia between May and September 2014, while 28.7 per cent arrive between January and April 2015 and 28.3 per cent arrive between October and December 2015 respectively. Thirty-one per cent of overseas tourists arrived here during the third quarter (July to September).
The figures of foreign arrivals are used in the compilation of the Tourism Satellite Account statistics which identifies the realistic value or contribution of tourism to the national gross domestic product (GDP).