Published on : Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Namibian tourism industry is receiving the rewards of an interregional tourism boom with latest statistics published by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism highlighting that the sector has attained an amazing R6.3 billion in expenditure from tourist.
Recently, tourism has been considered as one of the main economic drivers of Namibia and a possible generator of mass job in the National Development Plan of the country. It was meant to motivate fast economic development and release local investment opportunities.
Special preference imparted on regional and domestic tourism to lessen unexpected situations like the one happened in 2008 when conventional European tourist numbers decreased as a result of world economic crisis has been considered as one of the chief factors to encourage the tourism industry.
Pohamba Shifeta, Namibian’s Minister of Environment and Tourism provided an impression of the sector’s 2016 performance. Shifeta’s general idea was outlined in the Namibian Domestic Tourism Expenditure Survey.
The survey results point out those tourist inflows from the SADC member states have expanded considerably.
The increasing visitor numbers in Namibia, a country majorly known as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the region, are also supported with a calculated Government policy to motivate domestic tourism in such a way which helps in employment and income for the local people.
“With a combined expenditure of R6,3 billion and total trips of around 5,79 million generated in the domestic market in 2015, the significance of this market to boost total tourism demand and offset potential economic shocks from the international tourist source markets cannot be overstated,” Shifeta said.