Where Wildlife and Humans Are Free to Roam!
An adventure that began in Chiapas, Mexico, when a delegation from Namibia attended the 2011 Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) has culminated with Namibia being selected to host the 2013 ATWS set for 26-31 October in Swakopmund and Windhoek.
This is the first time the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) has placed its global gathering in Africa.
ATWS has become the industry’s marquee event for networking, discussion and collaboration around industry best practices and global tourism issues affecting adventure travel.
For 2013, the ATTA will introduce a new Summit format for its 600 delegates, which will occur over a five-day period, including in-field sessions in real-world situations providing unprecedented learning experiences in a destination whose stark challenges are shared by many other destinations worldwide.
Minister of Environment and Tourism Netumbo Nandi-Ndwitah, said shortly after the announcement: “today I am happy to report that the efforts of our strong public-private partnership have resulted in Namibia being chosen as the first African country to host the Summit. We are justly proud of our tourism industry and our conservation initiatives that have made this selection possible.”
“Namibia offers one of the most compelling success stories in tourism today, one of joint venture tourism and partnerships between communal conservancies and tourism enterprises,” said ATTA President Shannon Stowell, who returned from Namibia in June 2012.
“Namibia’s model of conservancies, joint venture partnerships and conservation is a model that we should put on display. It’s a story that should be told. I’d previously heard the discussions, watched the films and I still didn’t understand it fully it until I came and saw it in action. Our delegates are sure to gain immense insights from their experiences in Namibia.”
“As Namibians we are ready for the challenge of hosting the Summit and thrilled to welcome the Adventure Travel Tribe to the land of endless horizons where wildlife and humans are free to roam and still experience true nature, “ added the Honourable Minister.
“Together with the ATTA and the overall Adventure Travel Trade, Namibia is ready to showcase to the world the spirit and essence of a nation committed to conservation, community empowerment and social and economic transformation through partnerships and innovation.”
For more information on becoming involved in Namibia’s national preparations to host the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit, please contact:
Maggy Mbako & Sem Shikongo
PRO, the Namibia Tourism Board Director of Tourism
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Story compiled from MET and ATTA press releases.