Oranjemund keen to attract tourists

28 December 2018 | Tourism

The town of Oranjemund, which had long been isolated, wants to attract more visitors during 2019, its town council announced in a recent newsletter.

Until recently, Oranjemund was a restricted mining town and visitors had to apply for police clearance and a permit to visit.

“During 2019 we intend to work with local, regional and national organisations and people already involved in the tourism industry to promote our local and regional attractions,” the town council said.

“We also would like to assist local people who wish to become involved with tourism to establish successful businesses offering accommodation or providing goods and services to our potential visitors.

“To this end, we hope to facilitate some training and education events next year,” it added.

“The activities listed include preparing a local strategy to attract more tourists to the town, the formalisation of a regional task force, the preparation of materials on how to set up a local tourism business and the establishment of a tourism information centre,” it said.

The council will also erect signage so that visitors can easily find their way around the town.

The plan is to award tourism concessions for guided tours in the Tsau//Khaeb National Park.

These will include a concession for the Chamais Road connecting Oranjemund and Lüderitz.

The existing Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park could be extended to the Sperrgebiet National Park, a Gondwana Collection news item reported recently.

A market will also be established where visitors will be able to buy local products.