Namibia expects zero tourist arrivals in the next three to four months, a senior official said Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the conservation relief, recovery and resilience facility, Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta said the tourism industry had been tremendously affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Lost income is particularly painful in rural areas where people depend on conservancies which had already been crippled by the six year drought,” Shifeta said.

He said Namibia’s tourism industry which employs around 120,000 people faces a daunting future and will need rescue.

“The launched facility aims to address the long-term impact associated with COVID-19 on our communities,” he said.

Namibia’s tourism and hospitality industry resumed operations today after more than a month of lockdown. Enditem

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