Tourism revival initiative being fine-tuned

Tourism revival initiative being fine-tuned
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Namibia's tourism peak season is coming to an end, leaving many institutions desperate for clients. But before tourists can enter the country for holidays, certain modalities must first be put in place.
Tourism establishments were ecstatic when the Government agreed to open the borders for international visitors.
The only requirement is for tourists to present a negative Coronavirus result upon entry, provided that it was taken in the last three days.
Visitors will also be subjected to another test four to five days after arrival.
With roughly two months to go before the high season ends, local establishments are willing to take anything they can get.
Chief executive officer of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), Gitta Paetzold said establishments are now offering tailor-made packages for clients that will keep them entertained for days while waiting for COVID-19 test results.
Even though tour operators started advertising Namibia’s wide-open spaces, which is an attractive feature for international tourists, the Government is still working to iron out the finer details.
Matters concerning the official opening of borders and airline access still need to be finalised Paetzold said.
She added that the ball is in Government’s court to finalise bilateral matters that will allow visitors from other countries access to Namibia. and vice-versa.
With Namibia’s rapid spike in infections, would international travellers be interested in visiting a country with the fourth-highest Coronavirus cases in Africa?
HAN says local businesses have been putting the special operating procedures and protocols to the test for three months now, so visitors are safe.
Government recently announced the start of a ‘trial’ inspired by the targeted international tourism revival initiative.
The plan is to breathe life into the tourism sector which has been ravaged by the effects of COVID-19.
At the moment, a task team is being set up by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, with a meeting scheduled for Thursday, Paetzold said.