ATWS only three weeks away

02 Oct 2013 05:00
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - Contributions made by the private sector towards the upcoming Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) will cover nearly half of the operational costs of the event.
These contributions have made it possible for 650 adventure travel decision-makers and the international media to visit Namibia for the first ATWS on the African continent as from 26 to 31 October 2013.
Speaking at an ‘update session’ on the ATWS in the capital on Tuesday night, Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga thanked those sponsors who have so far contributed N.dollars 4,5 million towards the event.
He also launched the theme song of the summit during the event, which was produced by local musician Elemotho.
“I hope this spirit of partnership, this spirit of oneness and this resolve to stand together as a nation committed to conservation, empowerment of her people and the generation of business which is profitable and planet-friendly, will continue to spread across our country in the interest of economic and social development for us to achieve common national development objectives for our people and country,” he stressed.
All delegates will explore Namibia’s culture, wildlife, history and endless horizons during pre-summit adventure activities from 20 to 23 October 2013.
The summit also represents a chance for all Namibians to come together to create a strong first and lasting impression of the country.
“It is the best six days of marketing for the tourism industry in this decade,” Herunga beamed.
On public-private-partnerships, he said it has been the desire of Government that the summit should not stand alone, and must exemplify true lasting and strong partnerships.
Tourism depends on and supports various other sectors, and to that end, Team Destination Namibia approached all stakeholders in the private sector to become partners during this adventure.
“The summit is now only three weeks away. It marks the start of the greatest adventure we have seen in a long time in Namibia. Our nation will deliver a summit never to be forgotten,” the minister enthused.
The top-tier sponsors of the 2013 ATWS include First National Bank Namibia (sponsor of two days of adventure packages); Standard Bank Namibia (sponsor of the Namibian Pavilion); and Windhoek Lager (sponsor of the desert dinner).
Additional sponsors making a significant contribution were Bannerman Resources, Cymot, the Democratic Media Holdings (DMH), Environment Investment Fund Namibia (EIF), Legacy Hotels, Nakara and Namdeb.
Public sector support came from the City of Windhoek, the Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (Fenata), the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, Namibia Airports Company (NAC), the Swakopmund Municipality and Telecom Namibia.