Tourism can employ many: Mbidzo

30 Nov 2018 15:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 30 NOV (NAMPA) – The Head of Industry Services at the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), Bornventure Mbidzo has urged stakeholders in the mining industry to help promote Oranjemund as a tourist destination.
Speaking at the town’s first-ever business and tourism networking conference on Wednesday, Mbidzo said tourism’s resources are unlimited.
In his statement issued by the Oranjemund Town Council on Friday, Mbidzo also said the trend of increasing layoffs in the mining industry is due to high costs associated with, in particular, deep level mining which makes it difficult to create employment.
“Mining industry players should tap into promoting this town as a tourist destination as tourism resources are infinite,” he said.
Mbidzo said considering the different services people can offer to tourists, it is evident that tourism can employ many and create entrepreneurial opportunities.
“Tourism is capable of creating employment mainly for semi-skilled and unskilled workers, which constitutes a large percentage of the Namibian labour force,” he stated.
He further encouraged investors and entrepreneurs to tap into cultural tourism, township cuisine, ecotourism and other related opportunities which are already viable for the town taking into account its flora and fauna.
Oranjemund Mayor Henry Coetzee in his statement challenged tertiary education institutions to explore opportunities in the southern town and to especially look into establishing technical schools to enable residents to acquire new technical skills.
Coetzee gave his assurance that he will ensure that the town is attractive to investors by being friendly, clean, and most importantly, that the cost of doing business is preferable and conducive.
Its economy will also ensure growth and stability for both small and medium enterprises, emerging and corporate business, he said.
The business and tourism networking conference was organised by the town council in collaboration with the Namibia Tourism Board under the theme ‘Mining today, tourism tomorrow’.
The conference formed part of the sixth edition of the Diamond Festival at Oranjemund.
The festival, which started Tuesday and ends Sunday, is taking place under the theme ‘Tourism Matters.’