Now is the time to travel locally

10 September 2020 | Tourism

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



Covid-19 has affected us all, but mostly changed the way we do business. To survive, we need to adapt to these new circumstances.

The tourism sector is one of those hardest hit by the pandemic, and we need to revive it as a matter of urgency. While the virus has instilled fear amongst us, making us more careful when deciding to travel, we will also need to start adapting to this new normal.

In a bid to support the sector, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) will once again host the ever-popular Namibia Tourism Expo (NTE), but with a few differences – one of which is an investment of N$1 million in local accommodation establishments.

Already under way, a thousand Namibians (over 18 years of age) each stand the chance of winning an accommodation voucher valued at N$1 000 that can be redeemed personally at a participating exhibitor at the NTE.

In the meantime, NMH continues to engage various towns with the purpose of challenging them to share what makes a visit to them a unique experience for travellers.

In this light, NMH is again inviting all towns to participate at the NTE by showcasing their exhibitions, trade fairs and events that could not happen this year due to the pandemic. To sweeten the deal, towns that are willing to showcase their events at the NTE, will receive a 3x3 exhibition stand free of charge.

“We are not anticipating a massive expo given all the precautionary measures we have to take in terms of Covid-19 protocols. As organisers, we will ensure we comply and subscribe to Covid-19 protocols and we are working hard at helping to revive the tourism sector and in so doing, our economy,” says Maggy Mbako, public relations executive of NMH.

The venue is focused and will set a standard for hosting such an event in a world that has changed significantly.

What is equally important to us will be a daily limitation of ticket sales to ensure that visitors as well as exhibitors are safe in terms on the number of people inside the venue.

The Namibia Tourism Expo takes place at the SKW in Windhoek from 4 to 7 November 2020.

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