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Hope for the tourism sector, as Namibia records 37.6% growth in tourist arrivals

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Optimism all around as Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism announced a 37.3 increase in Namibia tourism arrivals in 2021 compared to 2020.

Shifeta, launched the Tourism Arrival Statistics for 2021 on 25 July 2022 in a press conference attended by the media and stakeholders in tourism. The report indicates that foreign arrivals into Namibia increased by 40.9% from the total of 192,026 arrivals in 2020 to 270,644 arrivals in 2021. On the other hand, tourist arrivals had a substantial growth of 37.3% from 169,565 in 2020 to 232,756 in 2021..

The Minister expressed optimism by saying the increase is significant and commendable considering the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the sector. He noted that the years 2020 and 2021 were devastating for the tourism sector. “If things stay the same, we are likely to reach a million tourist arrivals or close in 2022, the onlook is promising, Shifeta stressed. Similarly, Gitta Paetzold, CEO of the Hospitality Association of Namibia says the report is encouraging as it reflects the steady tourism recovery Namibia experienced since September 2020. “It is envisaged, given the current status quo in the industry, that the rise will even be steeper for 2022". Paetzold adds..

Shifeta revealed further that, the report indicates that South African dominated the African source markets followed by Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana respectively. On the other hand, German is leading the overseas arrivals followed by France, Switzerland, United States of America and the United Kingdom. The Minister further says, the period between October and December remains Namibia’s pick season with 41.8% of the arrivals recorded in that time..

“Although the number of tourist arrivals is not at the level it was before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, an increase such as this gives us an improved hope that the sector is on its way to recovery”. Shifeta noted. He adds that, the growth in tourist numbers indicates that confidence is slowly raising that Namibia is a safe destination for travel and tourism post Covid-19. Minister Shifeta says, the Ministry has developed a Tourism Recovery Plan that sets out a framework for tourism sector recovery process for the next three years. Equally, the Ministry is implementing the 6th edition of the Tourism Satellite Account with the support of UNECA to strengthen data collection and analytics. .

Shifeta called on the sector to use the covid 19 experience to move from the heavy reliant of international travellers to equally focussing and prioritising domestic tourism to minimize undesirable influences from crises such as those brought about by global pandemics..

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A total 186 community members in the Mpungu constituency of the Kavango East region generated over N$129 thousand in devils claw sales. The community members sold a combined total of 3240 Kg at a selling platform facilitated by NILALEG Project on the 9th and 10th August 2022. NILALEG is a project that is under the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism responsible

for integrated landscape management approach in key agricultural and forest landscapes, reducing poverty through sustainable nature-based livelihoods, protecting biodiversity and restoring forests as carbon sinks, and promoting Land

Degradation Neutrality. The product were sold to EcoSo dynamics at N$40 per kilogram. The harvesters comprised of community members from ten villages namely, Nepara l, Nepara ll, Tjohwa, Nkulivere, Gava, Katope, Ngandu, Kasimba, Nkorose and Siraro villages.

Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), a Consortiue under the NILALEG Project this year managed to train about 186 community members on sustainable harvesting of natural resources particularly the devil’s claw. Out of the trainees, 137 were female and 49 were male of which the majority were youth. The second sell is expected to take place in October 2022. According to Romeo Muyunda, MEFT Spokesperson the sale demonstrates the Ministry's commitment to realised its constitutional mandate, which in translation provides for the protection of the country's natural resources to benefit the citizens of the country. "Through these interventions that the ministry is implementing together with its partners, we are reducing poverty significantly especially in rural areas" Muyunda Added.

Devil's Claw (Harpophytum procumbens) is an indigenous plant to Southern Africa and is widely used as a medicine for treating arthritis, reducing pain and fever and stimulating digestion. More recently, it has become an important product for export to the European market with the biggest exports to France and Germany. In Namibia, Devils’ Claw is listed as a protected species under the 1977 Nature Conservation Ordinance of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, and may not be harvested or exported without the correct permits. A “Sustainably Harvested Devil’s Claw (SHDC) Model” is being implemented across the country to ensure the long-term use of this plant resource.

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Tourist inflows up ahead of peak season

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By Matthew Dlamini

24 May 2023

The tourism sector is set to be one of the biggest economic drivers for 2023, with private sector green hydrogen projects, new aquatic projects such as salmon farming and kelp production at Lüderitz, as well as investments in gas pipelines and mining explorations boosting the tourism industry.

This is according to a Quarterly Economic Review of the first quarter of 2023 by Simonis Storm Securities.

“This is the highest monthly occupancy rate recorded for 2023 thus far. On a monthly basis, national occupancy rates were 11,2 percentage points higher, increasing from 40,7%,” said the analysts.

The year-to-date (YTD) average in 2023 (40,3%) is merely 3,7% short of reaching pre-pandemic levels of 2019 when the YTD average was 44,0%.

According to Simonis, indications are that hotels at Lüderitz and guest houses at Oranjemund are running at higher occupancy rates as a result of oil operations in the area.

At least 22 610 rooms were sold nationally in April 2023, along with 44 482 beds. This is 65% lower compared to 65 449 rooms sold in April 2019.

The gap between the change in rooms and occupancy rates can be explained by fewer tourism facilities available, as some of them were forced to shut down due to the pandemic lockdown.

The central area of Namibia recorded the lowest occupancy rate in April 2023, at 37,3%, from the highest the previous month of 52,7%.

This month, the coastal area had the highest occupancy rate of 58,1% (18,4 percentage points higher than the prior month), followed by the northern area at 56,0% (21,5 percentage points higher than the prior month) and the southern area at 49,3% (8,2 percentage points higher than March 2023).

According to statistics, leisure tourism continues to be the main driver of tourist inflows, accounting for 98,3% of visitors in April 2023, while business travellers accounted for 1,7% and conference attendees accounted for 0,02%.

As usual, the majority of visitors during April 2023 came from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at 41,0%. Locals came second highest in occupancy rates of 18,6%, South Africans (8,3%) and the French (6,8%).

According to the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), the growth in the portion of visitors from Namibia’s main tourist source markets (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) is partly due to the availability of 10 direct flights each week between Windhoek and Frankfurt.

The inflows from Europe picked up in January of this year and has been on an upward trend since then.

Locals are occupying fewer of the rooms due to straining economic conditions. Indeed, accommodation services became 15,7% more expensive in April 2023 compared to April 2019, while accommodation services inflation stood at 6,7% year-on-year (y/y) and food inflation at 13,5%, which are above headline inflation of 6,1% y/y in April 2023.

This implies that locals are limited in spending on accommodation as disposable incomes are strained by higher food prices, among other living costs.

According to NSA data, since April 2019, hotel, café and restaurant prices have increased by 16,9%, driven by both catering rising 18,0% and accommodation services up by 15,7%. – email: [email protected]

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