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RETHINKING TOURISM: World Tourism Day was commemorated in Omuthiya on Monday. 
PHOTO: Tuyeimo Haidula
RETHINKING TOURISM: World Tourism Day was commemorated in Omuthiya on Monday. PHOTO: Tuyeimo Haidula

Tourism Expo back, bigger and better - Sibungo

Deputy minister applauds NMH’s efforts
The Tourism Expo will take place from 3 to 5 November at the SKW sports grounds in Olympia, Windhoek.
Tuyeimo Haidula
Across the globe, tourism is recognised as a crucial pillar of development, and Namibia’s no different.

This according to tourism deputy minister Heather Sibungo, who expressed excitement at the return of the Tourism Expo, which she said would be “bigger and better” this year.

She made the remarks at a commemorative event for World Tourism Day held at the Omuthiya sports field under the theme ‘Promoting heritage or cultural experience to harness sustainable tourism’.

Globally, the day was celebrated under the theme ‘Rethinking Tourism’, after the impact of Covid-19 on the industry.

Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) this week announced that the Tourism Expo, which will be supported by First National Bank (FNB) Namibia and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), will take place from 3 to 5 November at the SKW sports grounds in Olympia, Windhoek.

Sibungo applauded NMH for heeding government’s call in joining efforts to fight poverty and inequality in the country by improving industries.

“Tourism is important for the uplifting of the economy of the country after the devastating effects of Covid-19 on the sector,” she said.

Disappointed

She further used the platform to express her disappointment that political leaders did not turn up to the commemorative event.

"Tourism is a very important sector which contributes immensely to the economy of the country.

“Unemployment is skyrocketing in Namibia and it seems our leaders have not learnt anything from the Covid-19 pandemic because they are not here."

She added that government has a mandate to promote the growth of tourism and a duty to create a conducive environment.

“The ministry has developed the tourism recovery plan aimed to reboot the sector over the next three years to foster the growth of the sector and to address constraints associated with Covid-19," she said.

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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