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MET to launch Investment growth strategy

Mon, 17 August 2015 16:47
by Frans Nghandi

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will launch the Investment growth and Tourist Promotion strategy in an effort to increase the contribution of the tourism sector to the economy’s growth.
“In the past tourism contributed round about 14% to the total GDP of the economy, but it has now increased to 17%,” said the minister of MET, Pohamba Shifeta.
The MET has a strategy in place to push the 17% contribution to the total GDP to 20% over the next five years. According to Shifeta the Ministry will launch the tourists’ arrival statistics of all the tourists that have been coming to Namibia late August or early September 2015.
The launch project the statistics on the contribution of tourists to the share of the GDP as it is currently standing at 17% and that is also regarded as a huge share by the MET.
Namibia has one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism sectors and its rich cultural and natural heritage which offers an excellent opportunity for more tourists to flock to Namibia, because of its cultural tourist attraction.
Often tourists are attracted to the cultural diversity in Namibia, with the establishment of 82 conservancy communities that hosts lodges and other traditional art sectors. This has helped attract tourists who would especially be interested in traditional packages, hand made by indigenous Namibians.
Conservancies with cultural attraction are found in Outapi, Tsumeb, Okongo and Rundu.
Preferred places of choice to visit differs and varies from tourist to tourist as they all have different venues that they like and would like to go to, but they are however believed to visit Kunene Region which lies in the north-western part of the country and its major feature is the Skeleton Coast part, which stretches from the Ugab River in the South to the Kunene River in the North, which partially forms part of the border with Angola more often and also the Karas Region, which is found along the southern part in the country.
Tourists flock to this specific region, because of the Ai-Ais Hot Water Springs as most tourists seek the healing and relaxing powers of the mineral waters rising out of the earth. While adventures seekers can tackle the Orange River Canyon, said to be second only in size to that of the Grand Canyon of the United States of America is also found in the Karas Region.
“I love it here in Namibia, because the people are so friendly and I like the whole cultural diversity that I have seen people from different cultures engage in and my greatest memory here in Namibia is my time when I went to go visit the Kolmanskop in Luderitz,” said a tourist from Finland.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) encourages communal conservancies that are found in the Kunene Region to set up joint ventures with international partners so that they can put up some facilities apart from the normal traditional cultural facilities that are already in existence, but instead put up modern lodges.
For every three tourists coming to Namibia, one employment opportunity is already created and that plays a vital role with regards to curbing the high level of unemployment in the country.