HAN Congress draws near

The Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) will host their Congress and annual Tourism Awards Gala and this will be the first ever joint-venture with the Namibia Tourism Board.
The HAN Congress will take place on 27 November, and will set the stage for Namibia’s tourism industry to be prepared for world trends affecting the global travel sector, and be equipped with all necessary tips and information for the trade and networking sessions with over 60 international tourism product managers and decision-makers of leading international tour operators, whom they will meet during the “Namibia Academy meets HTTF” set for 28 November 2015.
The tourism association will also introduce their new sponsorship partners, Bannerman Resources, CaterPlus, Venture Publications, Marsh Namibia and Air Namibia, while the key sponsors are the Namibia Breweries and Standard Bank.
HAN CEO, Gitta Paetzold said, “HAN this year is keen to build on the success of its Congress and Trade Forum events we have been hosting since 1999. Therefore, this private sector initiative will for the first time join forces with the Namibia Tourism Board to stage the “Namibia Academy meets HTTF”, a networking event between local and the international tourism trade of unprecedented scale and proportions in Namibia. This is an initiative of the NTB, and will be realised with added support from Air Namibia, Condor and the Private Sector”.
Paetzold said, “Events and developments in 2015 have shown that we live in turbulent times a moment in history when all the forces of change are combining to produce an era-changing period. The political, corporate, social and personal rules for success and failure are all being re-written. To survive and thrive in these uncertain times, it is essential that the whole team has an understanding of the forces that are re-shaping our industry’s landscape”.
The theme for the congress is Tides of Change that will focus on five key disruptive forces such as Technology; Institutional change; Demographics; Environment; and shifting societal values
“We are not ever going to get back to normal. a new way of business is emerging for everyone, everywhere. That is going to change the way we live and work in the next decade,”Paetzold said.
Paetzold said,“The two day working sessions will then end on Saturday night, in a celebration of Namibia Tourism successes at the HAN Tourism Awards Gala, during which service providers, operators and personalities will be honored for their input and commitment to tourism.
Due to international guests present, HAN has decided to stage the various facets of the two day event at three different locations, the new Swakopmund Strand Hotel, the Dome Conference Centre, and Swakopmund’s South-Beach, all in an effort to showcase what Namibia has to offer in terms of state-of-the-art facilities and service.