Herunga calls for greater networking in tourism

30 May 2013 06:10
OPUWO, 30 MAY (NAMPA) - Environment and Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga says networking is vital for businesses within the tourism sector.
He made this statement in a speech read on his behalf by the Governor of the Kunene Region, Josua Hoebeb during the opening ceremony of the second Opuwo Trade Fair here on Wednesday.
The Opuwo Trade Fair has become the biggest annual tourism event for the town.
?This trade fair has become an important regional tourism event, presenting a platform where both international and domestic tourism is encouraged. I am particularly pleased with the growth which the trade fair has shown over the years,? said Herunga.
Several destinations have seen domestic tourism withstand the global financial crisis better, and had even grown significantly in recent years.
?In this country, domestic tourism represents a large share of the total demand, which contributed to partially offsetting the decline in international tourism,? the minister noted.
He said tourism will only thrive when all people work together.
?Tourism is a very sensitive sector, and is easily affected by many factors. We need to ensure that we maintain excellent customer services, and give our visitors the best experience in Namibia,? said Herunga.
According to the minister, the annual Namibia Tourism Expo being held in the capital also offers a good platform for sellers to meet buyers, and for new entrepreneurs to meet industry gurus so that they can learn some tricks of the trade and improve on their businesses.
He then called on the exhibitors and all businesses people in the country to ensure that their products appeal to local consumers as well.
The Opuwo Trade Fair ends on Sunday.