The Namibian Tourism Board (NTB) yesterday bid farewell to former Minister of Tourism Netumbo- Nandi Ndaitwah who was moved to the Foreign Affairs Ministry as well as the board’s Chairperson Erica Akuenje who retires.
The Board also welcomed the new Tourism Minister Uahekua Herunga and now Acting Chairman to the board Graham Howard.
Ndaitwah who has been at the helm of the Environment and Tourism Ministry for the past two and half years said she had not much understanding of the tourism sector which she grew to love and understand with the help of the management and other stakeholders of the industry.
“I never understood the industry at first but i strategised to get closer to those who have been in the industry for a longer time, they mentored me and the board was always on top of things. I couldn’t do anything without getting closer to the operators in the industry,” she said cheerfully.
Ndaitwah gave commended conservancies and community based tourism for helping the country win the hosting of the Adventure Travel Summit which will be hosted in the country some time this year.
Akuenje said she is retiring to focus on her family and other private ventures. She urged the new board members and management to continue working hard and ensure that Namibian remains one of the top tourism destinations.