Namibia excited to host special guests: Herunga

10 Oct 2013 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) - The local tourism industry is prepared and excited to be hosting over 700 members of the adventure travel community who will arrive in Namibia in a little over two weeks’ time for the 10th Annual Travel World Summit (ATWS).
The summit is set to take place from 26 to 31 October, and will be staged on African soil for the first time.
“More accredited media than ever before have registered, and they are from influential publications such as CNN and National Geographic,” beamed Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga in Parliament on Wednesday.
CNN is an international television network, and National Geographic is an international magazine of the National Geographic Society primarily containing articles about geography, history and world culture.
Herunga informed his fellow Members of Parliament (MPs) that the ATWS will introduce a range of adventures in Namibia, as well as Namibia’s conservation story to leaders and influencers in this growing and lucrative industry.
ATWS delegates will be touring Namibia to gain a deeper understanding of what Namibia has to offer, travelling on over 120 itineraries, visiting 28 conservancies and 18 joint venture lodges.
The minister said his team comprises 72 members of the public and private sectors, who have worked hard to leverage the event by organising exciting events, including city-wide clean-up campaigns, a ‘Women in Tourism’ event, Adventure Connect events and a Special Indigenous Tourism Workshop for 250 people on 25 October.
“This will include representatives from all 79 conservancies as well as indigenous delegates from Canada, Australia, the United States of America, Sweden and Papua New Guinea. These events are organised to provide as much inclusiveness to Namibians as possible in the run-up to the summit,” said Herunga.
During the opening ceremony on 29 October, communal game guards in all 79 conservancies will receive equipment valued at a combined N.dollars 1 000 000 in recognition of their contribution to conservation.
The minister further stated that the Namibian tourism sector does not stand alone because collaboration between the public and private sectors has reached new heights as Namibians work closely to make the ATWS an amazing success.
“I must add that I am humbled to see that in Namibia, tourism is truly everyone’s business. As a nation, we have resolved to deliver a summit never to be forgotten,” he noted.