Namibia records highest tourists number since independence

February 15, 2018, 6:28pm

The local tourism sector has seen exponential growth since independence with the line ministry recording a historical high number of tourists into the country. 

Speaking yesterday at a tourism and intellectual property workshop organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), tourism director, Dr. Sem Shikongo, said Namibia started off with 202 000 tourists and in 2016 reached a 1.6 million tourist mark.

 Emphasising how the sector is important for the local tourism players, Shikongo also said for every 11 tourists, Namibia creates one job.  

“It’s a strategic sector and it has promise for growth and development. The most important thing is that, tourism is among a few sectors where you can take somebody from the streets without any (qualification) paper, starting off as a cleaner and moving to be a manager.  You can have a chef moving through and he can be one of the top-chefs. Depending on the passion, this can be very fast.,” he said.