Tourism and SME sector form part of Erongo expo
Mutjavikua said that those in the SME sector wished to grow their business and elevate to greater heights to improve not only their own livelihoods but those of their employees as well. “In so doing, you ultimately reduce poverty and contribute to the growth of the economy. I am sure many of you would wish to leave a legacy of success behind for your children to emulate in the future and therefore it is important for you to ensure that the foundations upon which your business is built are solid and admirable,”he said. The Governor made the remarks at the opening of the 8th Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo this Wednesday, 31 October, in Walvis Bay.
Another sector added to the expo is tourism, which is still a growing sector in Namibia, especially in the Erongo region. According to the Governor, domestic tourism, whilst still an unexplored area can play a tremendous role in the growth of tourism.” The Erongo region is without doubt the business and tourism hub of the country.By showcasing the myriad of tourism products and services, I am sure we will start to witness an increase in the number of Namibians exploring the beauty of our country,” he said. Mutjavikua however informed the exhibitors to realise that success in attracting domestic tourists lies in the provision of favourable accomodation rates and excellent services.
“Our fisheries and mining industries are major contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) whilst the coast has always been a major drawcard for tourists from our regional and international markets,” the Governor emphasised. He informed the locals to jealously guard this reputation that they have built over the years.
Mutjavikua further implored local councils and business people to ensure that the local eonomic development of the region should always be on the forefront of their plans. “What I am saying is that there should be a symbiotic relationship between local and regional authorities as well as the business sector in order to grow the economy of our region through the economic empowerment of our people,”the Governor emphasised.
Governor Mutjavikua is confident that the Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo 2012 will go a long way towards establishing long lasting business relationships which would ultimately be the foundation for Erongo’s economic prosperity. The expo takes place at the Civic Centre in Walvis Bay.