Namibia hosts guests well, says UNWTO chief

WINDHOEK

12 November 2020 | Tourism

ELLANIE SMIT

The secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, says not only is the Namibian tourism sector well organised in terms of coronavirus protocols, but the country knows how to host guests.

Pololikashvili, accompanied by four senior managers of the organisation, visited Namibia last week to help strengthen the country’s tourism revival strategy.

They have travelled to several well-known tourism destinations such as Sossusvlei and the Namib sand sea.

Speaking at a dinner organised in his honour, Pololikashvili described Namibia as unique.

“Tourism in Namibia is in the right hands,” he said. He added that the country is safe in terms of security and the coronavirus.

“Namibia is a strong, well-prepared country.”

Near total collapse

Welcoming Pololikashvili to Namibia, tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta stressed the importance of the tourism sector to the country.

Tourism employs an estimated 120 00 people in Namibia, while almost 1.6 million tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has led to job losses in the sector this year.

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