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This year, the Hospitality Assocaiation of Namibia celebrated it’s 25th birthday in the Namib dunes. Surorunded by towering dunes, the celebrations kicked off with a cocktail hour and then moved to a beautifully decorated tent, in which smartly dressed guests could enjoy a humorous and relaxing evening.

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Cocktail hour in the dunes.


Included in the celebrations, was the announcement of the winners, individuals and accommodation operations, of several tourism categories.

In the Categories: Self-Catering, B&B’s  & Guest Houses 

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Luxury in the dunes.

Sponsor: Bannerman Resources: Country Manager Werner Ewald

Self-Catering: Hartmann Suites, Windhoek – silver

Windhoek Game Camp – silver

Bed & Breakfast: Desert Rendezvous – bronze

Guest House: The Elegant Guest House, Windhoek – silver

han gala namib desertIn the Category Guest Farms


Sponsor: Namibia Breweries Limited: MD Wessie van der Westhuizen

Weavers’ Rock Guest Farm – bronze

Okomitundu Guest Farm – bronze

The Elegant Farmstead – silver

Hohewarte Guest Farm – silver

Vreugde Guest Farm – gold

In the Category Lodges: 

Sponsor: Marsh Namibia: Bennie Visser / Liaan de Kock

Etusis Lodge – bronze

Zebra River Lodge – bronze

han gala namib desertBagatelle Kalahari Game Ranch – silver

Eningu Clayhouse Lodge – silver

Grootberg Lodge – silver

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge – silver

Kambaku Safari Lodge – silver

N/a’an ku se Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary – silver

Namtib Desert Lodge – silver

Nkaza Lupala Tented Lodge – silver

Damaraland Tented Camp – gold

Fish River Lodge – gold

Khan River Lodge – gold

And in our final category,  Hotels

Sponsor: Standard Bank of Namibia:Ronnie Einbeck,  Erongo Manager

Hansa Hotel, Swakopmund – bronze

Hotel Eberwein, Swakopmund – bronze

Bahnhof Hotel, Aus – silver

han gala namib desertHAN Personality of the Year 2012:           

Andre van Rensburg,  Beach Lodge, Swakopmund

Hotelier of the Year 2012:                                               

Ulf Grünewald,  Nest Hotel, Lüderitz

HAN Award of Merit:

Natasha Martin –  Solimar International for her commitment and efforts to upgrade Namibia’s online marketing skills and ATTA links & connections & ATWS 2013 preparations

Keith Sproule – from WWF-Namibia, the man instrumental in linking Namibia with ATTA and assisting with the ATWS 2013 bid & prepartions

Namibia Tourism Personality of the Year 2012:

Honourable Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah,  for her tireless efforts in conservation, environmental protection & passion about tourism promotion!



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