Standard Bank Supports Cultural Tourism

June 1, 2013, 6:12 am

Standard Bank Namibia handed over a N$600 000 sponsorship towards the upcoming Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) at the Namibia Tourism Expo last night (Thursday).

The bulk of the sponsorship, N$500 000 is geared for the Summit’s “Namibia Pavilion” activity, a place on site that will showcase Namibia to the delegates. The remaining N$100 000 is destined for the 4th Joint Venture Lodge Song Competition which was held on the same night.

“Standard Bank Namibia is a very proud supporter of the tourism sector. We recognize its importance. Tourism promotes conservation, helps create jobs in the rural areas and helps share our great country to the world. I truly believe that tourism is everyone’s business including that of Standard Bank Namibia,” said the bank’s Chief Executive Mpumzi Pupuma.

Last year, the bank contributed N$200 000 to assist in sending the Dora Nawas choir to Switzerland in order to share the cultural tourism of Namibia to the ATWS delegates.

The winning choir group, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge scooped a cash prize of N$15 000, followed by Damaraland Camp with N$10 000 and in third place was Lianshulu Lodge from the Caprivi Region with N$5 000. 

As the winning choir, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge will now perform for the summit delegates at the opening event of the Adventure Travel World Summit in Windhoek on 26 October and in Swakopmund on the 28October later this year.

The panel of judges included the Director of Tourism from Tanzania Ibrahim Mussa, Section Head of Tourism at City of Windhoek Grace Pujatura, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospitality Association of Namibia Gitta Paetzold, Tourism Manager of the Millennium Challenge Account Selma Nangolo, Jim Sano of Tourism World Wildlife Fund and Standard Bank Namibia’s Internet Banking Manager Rivan Meyer.