Finding travel destinations easily

Conservation website launched at NTE

11 June 2019 | Education

Justicia Shipena

On 6 June, Community Conservation and Tourism launched a website at the Namibia Tourism Expo (NTE) and Motor Show at the Windhoek Showgrounds.

This year the ministry of environment and tourism, in collaboration with the Namibian Association of Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Support Organisations (NACSO), Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) and Community Conservation and Tourism worked together to promote community conservation under the slogan ‘Conserving by travelling responsibly’.

According to NASCO director Maxi Louis the website is for communal conservancies; hence it is designed to urge potential travellers to explore what to do, where to go and how to plan their trips.

Louis added the website also aims to enhance visitor experiences as well as that of the communities.

“As a means of encouraging tourists to explore communal conservancies and take the road less travelled, the project aims to develop sets of attractions and activities in the Kunene Region as well as enhance local revenues and alternative livelihoods,” she said.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta said according to statistics 73% of travellers use online sources when deciding on their destination.

“Travel searches conducted on mobile devices totalled 37% in Europe, 40% in Asia, 34% in Latin America and 38% in the Middle East and Africa,” he said.

Shifeta added that conservancies must develop tourist attractions to draw more tourists to their conservancies in a way that also generates funds for operations and benefits communities.

He urged all 86 conversations in Namibia to make use of this platform to promote tourism within their areas.

Opuwo Rural constituency councillor Kazeongere Tjeundo said the Kunene Region has the largest number of conservations, with a total of 38 out of the 86 in Namibia.

“We see conservation as key to rural empowerment and the development of structures that address local livelihoods and conserve biodiversity,” he said.

Tjeundo called on corporate Namibia to invest in the development of Kunene Region and its people.