Tourism sector calls for relaxed restrictions to allow local travel

Tourism sector calls for relaxed restrictions to allow local travel

Chairman of the Namibia Tourism Association (NTA), Bernd Schneider said the tourism industry has been exemplary in following the state of emergency regulations.
The sector has effectively closed its doors.
There is no movement from local travellers and lodges have seized operations until the end of June.
Schneider said the industry is the hardest hit because there are no guests available and no travel allowed for bookings.
"Foreign nationals contribute highly to the income generated from this industry," he said.
He further said, the industry fully supports the lockdown and the state of emergency, and it supports protection for human life first.
However, we can have both. The local market can be controlled.
He, therefore, urged the Government to let the industry operate, emphasising that this will be the first step to a normalised world.
The chief executive officer of the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), Digu //Naobeb says business has come to a standstill.
Over 6 000 vehicles have been parked, more than 28 businesses have closed and more than 120 000 employees have lost their jobs.
He called on the Government to relax restrictions and allow local travel to benefit domestic tourism from the end of April.
Naobeb also called on Namibia Airports Company (NAC) to reduce their passenger fees to Namibia and also for the tourism industry to review costs and to have more attractive packaging once opened.
They said this during a panel discussion at the COVID-19 Communication Centre today.