Nam tourism steadily recovering

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Windhoek - Namibia’s tourism industry, bleeding from N$20 billion (approximately US$1,3 billion) losses incurred during the new coronavirus-induced economic decline, is slowly but surely finding its feet as people resume traveling to the country’s prime destinations, particularly coastal areas and the flagship Etosha National Park.

Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta this week said while the government was happy with increased activity related to Etosha, more still needed to be done by way of marketing Namibia’s tourism facilities.

“The good thing is that the challenges did not result in any loss of jobs for those affected. Some might have had salary cuts but we managed to source financial assistance to rescue the situation. My best bet is that as the numbers of tourists improve not only in Etosha but countrywide the situation will become even better,” he said.

Mr Paulus Ushona, who works in the hospitality sector in Etosha, told The Southern Times that business was slowly normalising.

“In the past few weeks we have been receiving a decent number of bookings from international tourists. We have also seen a reasonable increase in the number of local people who are visiting the facilities. We think it will be even better with the festive season and much relaxed fly in conditions,” he said.

He continued: “In the past seven months we rarely had any bookings from both local and international tourists but as you can see the situation is much better now. We have received a number of bookings from people who are here and are still coming. It looks like it might take some time to get back to normal but we are getting there.”

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