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Namibia Tourism Board
Despite continuing economic challenges, the Travel and Tourism sector continued to grow over the past year. The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has proof that the future is bright. We look back at a successful 2012.
Statistics from January until November:
- A total of 99 accommodation establishments applied for registration in 2012. The majority of the applications came from the Erongo Region, followed by the Khomas Region. Most of the applications were from self-catering establishments, followed by guesthouses, and bed & breakfast establishments. An average of nine establishments applied for registration per month.
- A total of 70 regulated establishments (which includes activity operators, air charters, booking agents, conference-centre operators, foreign tour operators, shuttle and transport services operators, tour facilitators, tour & safari operators, trophy-hunting operators, and vehicle-rental operators) applied for registration at the NTB. An average of six establishments applied for registration per month, of which the highest number of applicants came from the Khomas Region, followed by the Erongo Region. The majority of applicants were shuttle and transport services operators and booking agents.
- The Namibia Tourism Board developed and drafted regulations for the registration and control of tourist volunteer service providers; registration control of guides in Namibia.
- Grading regulations were gazetted in August 2012 but will unfortunately be repealed due to technical errors.
- During the year many stand-alone conference facilities registered with the NTB. The Head of Industry Services is encouraging those not registered to do so urgently.
An exceptional accomplishment
The Elephant Human Relations Association, one of the country’s foremost voluntourism companies, received the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award for the Best Volunteering Organisation. The awards celebrate and inspire change in the tourism industry.
Feel free to contact the Namibia Tourism Board for industry-related information, including quality assurance, establishment registrations, general queries and tourism updates.
- Manfred Donovan !Gaeb
- Head: Industry Services
- Namibia Tourism Board
- Tel +264 61 290 6008
- Fax +264 22 9416
This advetorial was first published in the Travel News Namibia 2012/2013 Summer edition.