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Namport clinch deal to have cruise liners spend more days at Walvis Bay to boost tourism

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Namport has clinched a deal that will see six passenger cruise liners spend more days at Walvis Bay in October to boost tourism.

Normally, these cruise liners dock at the harbour for less than a day, spending less money on the local economy.

The Erongo Tourism Forum is making deliberate efforts to boost passenger cruise liner tourism.

In the past, Namport targeted 25 passenger cruise liners to dock at the harbour annually.

This number has, however, increased since the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the industry.

15 passenger vessels and 18 cruise liners expected in Namibia

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Namibia is gearing up for the arrival of 15 passenger vessels at the port of Luderitz and 18 cruise liners at the port of Walvis Bay between November 2023 and February 2024.

The announcement, made by Dr. Albert Kawana, Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, came during a presidential media briefing on government programmes and progress.

Namibia's strategic focus on bolstering its tourism industry involves not only preparing for increased vessel traffic but also ensuring the smooth processing of passengers and vessels.