16 Feb 2017 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is bracing itself for the implementation of the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP 5), which has earmarked tourism as one of the important economic sectors.
The NDP 5 will be effective from April 2017 to March 2022, and complements the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which also aims towards development for all.
During the inauguration of the Namibia Express Travel and Tours Information Centre here on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Tommy Nambahu called for the full and effective implementation of the National Tourism Growth Strategy launched last year.
The strategy aims to transform Namibia into the top ranked destination in Africa and largest sector contributing to the countrys Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
It aspires to increase the average length of stay for tourists from the current eight days to 22 days by the year 2026.
Nambahu also addressed the topic of domestic tourism and highlighted that Namibia needs to prioritise this sector.
I believe that the onus lies in both the local tour operators, citizens and the Namibian Tourism Board to ensure that this segment of tourism is popularised, he said.
The deputy minister urged Namibians to travel beyond the Etosha National Park and Swakopmund, saying there are many majestic places such as Twyfelfontein, Sossusvlei, Fish River Canyon and Ruacana Waterfalls that local people need to visit.
In addition, Nambahu applauded the efforts of Selma Jonas for opening the Namibia Express Travel and Tours Information Centre, situated in the Carl List building along Independence Avenue.
Jonas said she has always had a passion for tourism and was delighted to be the only black Namibian woman accredited by the International Air Transport Association.
She has been running her company since 2008, offering passenger and cargo transport services, client accommodation bookings and tours.
Jonas highlighted that she plans on expanding her business.