01 Jun 2013 04:10
WINDHOEK, 01 JUNE (NAMPA) ? Namibians can get as much as 50 per cent discount at any of the 19 Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) facilities, following the launch of the NWR Nam Leisure Card here on Thursday.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) members and international independent travellers can also apply for the card, which will allow them to qualify for discounts ranging between 10 and 25 per cent at NWR resorts.
Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said during the launch of the card Thursday evening that Namibia's national parks are the foundation of Namibia's conservation success, and is fundamental to the country's sustainable growth and tourism development.
Speaking at the NWR stand at the annual Tourism Expo underway here, Shifeta also invited residents from the SADC region to become more regular travellers, and reap the benefit from regional travel and the discounts members of the card qualify for.
?Namibia's close relationship with the SADC community, particularly in the field of trans-boundary conservation initiatives, is internationally recognised as forward-looking and exemplary examples of good conservation practices,? he said.
Shifeta then called on every citizen of this country to play their role - be it directly or indirectly - in the tourism sector and conservation of the environment.
NWR chairperson, Lea Namoloh, who introduced the card, said the card offers more than discounted rates to its members, as the NWR is dedicating a portion of the proceeds of the membership fee, as well as 5 per cent of the value of any member booking, towards the NWR Enviro-Kidz programme and joint projects with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
The NWR Enviro-Kidz is an initiative to provide opportunities to primary school groups from previously-disadvantaged backgrounds to experience Namibia's diverse natural beauty.
The NWR is offering a 50 per cent discount on the enrollment fees up to end of June this year.
Application for the cards can be done at the NWR stand for the duration of the expo which comes to an end on Saturday, and as of Monday, applications can be obtained at the central reservation offices of the NWR along Independence Avenue in the capital.