THE Namibian tourism sector needs an urgent consultation with the government to prevent the collapse of the industry and the loss of more than 100 000 jobs.
Namibia’s premier private tourism company, Gondwana Collection, organised an event where all their vehicles were parked along the streets of Windhoek to raise awareness of the plight of the sector.
The company invited other operators in the industry to join them in the effort and to add their voice to the plight.
“It is 5 to 12 for the Namibian tourism industry. 100 000 jobs are at risk and the sector is on the verge of collapse,” a statement by Gondwana reads.
Gondwana said in the statement that the tourism industry cares about Namibia and the well-being of its citizens, and is thus adhering to strict Covid-19 protocols.
“We ask the government for constructive talks and clarity to bring tourists back to our country and protect numerous families from starvation,” the company said in its statement.
To add to the background, Gondwana pointed out that the tourism sector has been the fastest growing industry in the country in recent years, which made considerable direct and indirect contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – more than 10% – as well as acting as a substantial employer – about 15% of the country’s total employment.
The sector has also contributed to significantly improving the livelihoods of people especially in the rural areas.
The Tuesday comes at a time where the Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta tabled recommendations at Cabinet level on the further revival of the tourism industry.