Private sector memorial service honours late President Geingob's impact on Namibia

The memorial service at Casa Rosalia on Monday was organised by the private sector and included tributes from several prominent figures reflecting on the late President Geingob's impact on Namibia.

The tributes emphasised President Geingob's understanding of the necessity of making tough decisions to build an inclusive and prosperous Namibia, as well as his focus on promoting tourism and creating a welcoming environment.

Furthermore, his initiatives to stimulate economic growth, ensure fair treatment for all, and influence various sectors were recognised.

Visitors to Namibia in 2022 spent N$15 billion

In 2022, Namibia welcomed over 527,000 inbound visitors, who collectively spent approximately N$14,8 billion in Namibia.

This was revealed at the launch of the sixth edition of Namibia's Tourism Satellite Account in Windhoek.

According to the report, over 421,000 visitors were on holiday, leisure, or recreation, contributing about N$12 billion, which is 81.1 percent of the overall tourist expenditure.

Visitors in the category of friends and relatives accounted for about one billion dollars in spending.

Tour guides graduate

As the tourism sector steadily picks up and recovers from post-COVID-19 challenges, Environment, Tourism, and Forestry Minister Pohamba Shifeta says his ministry will support initiatives aimed at fostering economic growth and employment creation.

Shifeta shared these remarks while addressing the graduation of tour guides at Hobatere in the Kunene Region.

Zambezi Expo raises N$45,000

A gala dinner was held to raise funds for the much anticipated three-day first-ever Zambezi Tourism and Business Expo slated for this week.

The expo, hosted by MovasK Investment with the aim of showcasing the richness of the region, will be held under the theme "Unleashing Tourism Potential in the Zambezi Region" from the 27th to the 29th of this month.

Zambezi governor Alufea Sampofu, who is also the chairperson of the Zambezi Tourism Forum, applauded the private sector efforts to rise and rebuild the region from the brink of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Swakopmund, Oranjemund sign cooperation agreement

The local authorities of Swakopmund and Oranjemund have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at developing innovative solutions to residents' problems.

Housing development, tourism, and investment promotion, as well as waste management, are among the focus areas of the agreement.

Through the five-year agreement, the Swakopmund Municipality and Oranjemund Town Council will rely on exchanging information and expertise to improve service delivery to the public.

!Gochas residents call for Business Park resumption

Residents of !Gochas Village in Hardap Region have called for the government's intervention for business activity to resume at the !Gochas Business Park.

The Ministry of Industrialization and Trade constructed the million-dollar park in 2015 to enable villagers to tap into the tourism market in the region.

A few years down the line, the Business Park has been standing idle for almost a year after tenants closed shop at the park.

African youth reminded of their crucial role as true and reflective ambassadors of the continent

The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has reminded African youth of their crucial role as true and reflective ambassadors of the continent's society and the tourism economy.

Shifeta emphasised that the youth have the power to shape perceptions, promote cultural diversity, and drive sustainable tourism development in Africa.

The Tourism Minister said this during the opening of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge at Swakopmund, where about 38 countries from Africa are taking part either physically or virtually.

NWR & NUST sign cooperation agreement to improve service delivery and customer care services

Quality customer care is vital for the survival of any tourism business.

It's against this background that the Namibia Wildlife Resort and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) signed a cooperation agreement to improve the quality of service delivery and customer care services.

The agreement was signed in Windhoek.

At the signing, the Vice-Chancellor of NUST pointed out that improving service delivery for the tourism sector will go a long way in helping the sector recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Namibia and Sierra Leone sign MoU to strengthen multilateral agreements

Namibia and Sierra Leone have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their bilateral and multilateral agreements, with a focus on cooperation in key areas such as agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, trade and investment, and marine resources.

This agreement has been seen as a significant milestone in the relationship between the two African nations.