Namibia’s tourism sector boosted by local tourists amid economic headwinds


Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), which manages all the accommodation in Namibia’s National Parks, said on Thursday that the number of domestic tourists increased during the just ended festive season, despite financial challenges facing the country.

NWR Managing Director Zelna Hengari said overall occupancy has increased by an average 10 percent each year since December 2015.

“The increase in the occupancy is mainly attributed to Okaukuejo Resort, Dolomite Resort, Sesriem Campsite, Sossus Dune Lodge and Terrace Bay Resort that tend to receive well over 60 percent occupancy during the festive period while Torra Bay Campsite enjoys full occupancy,” she said in a statement.

“We were delighted with the support that we received from the local market and their understanding to some of the teething problems we were faced with,” Hengari said. “The festive period provided us with the opportunity to see how we can improve the facilities during the upcoming public holidays.”

A local newspaper, The Namibian, reported on Tuesday that experts said the country’s economy might not experience any growth during the 2017 period, “despite the Bank of Nambia expecting growth of 0.6 percent.” Enditem

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