We asked young people why they think tourism is of the essence in Namibia.

27 October 2020 | Opinion

Joseph Iita

Tourism is important in Namibia because first of all, it creates employment. Tourism helps with the exchange of cultural assets and backgrounds. And this allows foreigners to see how different people do certain things in Namibia. The best part of all this is we have a variety of tribal groups. But one of the main reasons why tourism is so important in Namibia is that it is the third-largest contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is a valuable foreign exchange earner for the country’s economy.

Tracy Tense

Tourism is vital for the success of many economies around the world, and in this case of Namibia. There are several benefits of tourism on host destinations. Tourism boosts the revenue of the economy, creates thousands of jobs, which increase the living standards of the Namibian people, and it also decreases unemployment in the country. Most importantly, it develops the infrastructures of a country and plants a sense of cultural exchange between foreigners and citizens.

Kinisha Evenson

Tourism is everyone’s business. Tourism is an important sector in Namibia. It is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP, it generates a significant amount of jobs and is a valuable foreign exchange earner for the economy.

Emily Amutenya

Tourism contributes largely to the country’s economy, especially for a country like Namibia that has so many tourist destinations. Tourists invest a lot of foreign currency into the country when they travel to Namibia, which, in turn, leads to an increased foreign exchange.

Martha Shemuvalula

Over the years, we have seen an increase in tourists coming to Namibia on a daily basis. If we look at it from an economical perspective, tourism is an economic booster. It increases government revenue as well.

Melody Owoses

Tourism is vital for the success of many economies around the world. It has been identified as one of Namibia's pillars of economic growth and is one of the few industries that contributes directly to poverty alleviation and economic development in rural areas. Tourism is also a job creator, and it serves as a developer of infrastructure of a country. It leads to a good relationship with foreign countries.