Adventure travel summit prep starts in Namibia

A hike through the mighty Fish River Canyon
November 20, 2012
HAN celebrates 25 years in the beautiful Namib desert
November 26, 2012
A hike through the mighty Fish River Canyon
November 20, 2012
HAN celebrates 25 years in the beautiful Namib desert
November 26, 2012

Today, as the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) celebrates it’s 25th anniversary, key industry players were given the tools to start rolling out the red carpet for the Adventure World Travel Summit (ATWS 2013), which will kick off in less than in a year in Namibia.

Adventure travel enthusiasts are getting ready to explore Namibia’s wild-side, and locally everyone is gearing up to entertain and amaze.

This is the first time the ATWS will be hosted on the African continent, and all Namibian operators are keen to show off Namibia’s unique mosaic of adventures, wild nature and cultural gems to adventure travel junkies, the tribe which has hoisted the Adventure Travel Trade Association ATTA), to a world adventure hub spot.

Hoanib river

Some of the highlights Namibia’s local team will introduce to the adventure tribe, include the ‘rock stars’ of Namibian tourism, including the Etosha National park, Sossusvlei, the Kunene region and a variety of projects which emphasize Namibia’s focus on sustainable tourism practices.

team captains atta atws
Team Captains.

For this reason, ATWS 2013 team Captains, Namibia Tourism Board CEO Digu Naobeb and Director of Tourism in the Namibian government, Sem Shikongo, today presented clear guidelines to Namibia’s adventure travel community on how to prepare and what to expect from the biggest travel event Namibia has ever witnessed.

The two team captains summarized the rules of engagement for the upcoming adventure travel festivities (the full set of regulations can be provided by HAN).

Both Digu and Sem reminded the Namibian tourism industry that a huge part of the adventure for next year’s delegates is the impressive environmental protection network Namibia has created since independence.

And, because this is the first time the summit will be hosted in Africa, there is a huge opportunity for Namibians to show off truly unique colours of Africa – many of which will be in total contrast to the expectation delegates might have of Africa.

The ATWS 2013 shedule at the moment looks like this:

  • Pre-summit adventures in Namibia exclusively from 20th to 26th of October
  • A massive braai to be held on the evening of the 26th in Windhoek for all delegates and families
  • Depart on the 27th in the direction of Swakopmund, but with a one night adventure stop-over somewhere in between Windhoek and the coast.
  • 28th of October the official opening event in Swakopmund
  • ATWS 2013 summit commences from 29th until the 31st of October
  • Delegates can then to choose to continue travels in Namibia or expand to neighbouring countries.
atta atws 2013
The summit will be attended by global thought leaders focused on adventure travel around the globe. Moreover, the massive marketing opportunities for Namibia will be as a result of journalists from renoqned publications, such as National Geographic, attending the event.
Sem reminded everyone that the ATWS 2013 summit is a truly national event and requires everyone to partner up and pitch in.




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