Tourism depends on ports of entry

The Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon Tommy Nambahu (left) and the CEO of the Airports Company, Tamer El-Kallawi. The Airports Company is sponsoring the ministry’s participation at the upcoming Colmar SITV International Tourism and Travel Fair in France.

The Namibia Airports Company announced last week it is assisting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to participate in the Colmar SITV International Tourism and Travel Fair 2015 in France in November. Namibia will be the guest of honour at this expo. The Airports Company’s N$300,000 will contribute to a Namibian exhibition of a very high standard.

The Airports Company CEO Tamer El-Kallawi said “The contribution to this event is a step to build sustainable capacity, as it will be the foundation upon which the Namibian tourism industry will grow and contribute to the nation long after the event. Namibia’s tourism industry depends on the support of various sectors. This donation will be a welcome aid for those who will benefit, directly or indirectly, from the summit.”
“Namibia should collectively and pro-actively continue in its stride for infrastructure development, technological advancement and customer service excellence, especially at the airports, which are the gateways to Namibia.”
According to the 2014 Ministry of Environment and Tourism Tourist Statistics Report, Hosea Kutako International Airport is amongst the top three tourist entry points accounting for 24% of all arrivals. “We are aiming to increase this figure; hence, as a key role player in both the aviation and tourism sector, we are committed to national development programmes and recommended tourism growth strategies,” said El-Kallawi.
The Airports Company CEO said they are proud of the recent inauguration of the new passenger terminal at Ondangwa Airport, the construction of the terminal building at Walvis Bay airport and the rehabilitation and upgrade of the runway at Ondangwa airport. “With that in mind, I wish to emphasize that key to our corporate strategy is the improvement of our major airports so that they are better able to handle the ever-increasing local and international passenger traffic.”