Namibia to reward tourism heroes

WINDHOEK. – Namibia has  launched an initiative aimed at rewarding, recognizing and supporting individuals and entities that play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety, hospitality, kindness, care and preservation of the country’s tourism.

The campaign, dubbed “Tourism Heroes,” was launched on Tuesday by the Gondwana Collection, a hub for travel and safaris in Namibia, in response to a concerning surge in criminal activities targeting international tourists.

Speaking at the launch, Namibian Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said this reward system will assist and support the government efforts in ensuring that culprits and criminals that target tourists and tourist establishments are quickly identified, apprehended, and brought to book to face the full wrath of the law.

Gondwana Collection Namibia showed its commitment to this cause by contributing N$1 million (about US$67 000) through the Gondwana Care Trust.

“This great initiative is forward-looking, and we hope that it will be used to bring crime incidents against tourists to zero in Namibia,” Shifeta said, welcoming the establishment of the Tourism Protection Unit by the Namibian Police.

Meanwhile, Peter Katjavivi, speaker of the National Assembly who also attended the launch, highlighted the importance of the hospitality industry as well as tourists visiting the country. – Xinhua

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