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New Era Newspaper Friday September 29, 2017


Friday, September 29 2017| NEW ERA ADVERT 22 THE TRAVEL UPDATE AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 VOL. 2, NO. 15 We are a proudly Namibian hospitality and service company. We manage resorts and camps within our National Parks across our beautiful country on behalf of the Namibian Government. We have professional, knowledgeable and customer-driven staff who are dedicated to providing you with a relaxing, comfortable, memorable and a liberating Namibian experience. We look forward to hosting you on your next visit. DUWISIB CASTLE Starting from as little as N$ 440 Duwisib Castle houses a collection of 18th and 19th century antiques, armour and paintings SPRINGBOKS NOW AT GROSS BARMEN Over the past few months, we have been working hard at enriching our offering at our Gross Barmen Resort due to its proximity to Windhoek and Okahandja. One of the major achievement was the arrangement between ourselves and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to introduce wildlife at the resort. On 19 August 2017, some springboks were delivered at the resort. The introduction of the springboks is one step towards further introducing other wildlife at the establishment. Mrs Zelna Hengari, our Managing Director extended her gratitude towards MET for delivering these springboks at the resort. “This has always been our wish as a company to offer guests more than just food and accommodation. During the arrival of the springboks, many guests congratulated us on this move. Mr Francois Snyders, Gross Barmen's Resort Manager said that “many guests were happy with the introduction of the springboks and recommended that if it is possible, we should introduce more wildlife”. STRONG INTEREST TO VISIT US FROM NORTH AMERICAN MARKET Ourselves and Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) just returned from the South African Airways (SAA) Africa Showcase. The showcase is the largest travel trade event in North America featuring exclusively African suppliers that represent hotels, safari lodges, destination tourism organisations and other attractions that are popular with North American travellers. This year’s showcase took place between 4 September – 17 September 2017 and covered Washington DC, Toronto and Los Angeles with over 300 tour operators attending the events. The Africa Showcase encompassed two unique opportunities for Namibia to put itself at the forefront. NTB highlighted why Namibia is one of the leading travel destinations in Africa while we presented why our facilities are the most favourable ones to stay in due to their exclusive location within the National Parks of Namibia. According to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) Tourist Statistical Report 2015, North American travellers are in the top ten tourist visitors to Namibia. During the reporting period, 24 430 travellers from North America visited Namibia in 2015 which is a 12.4% increase from the previous year. Mrs Zelna Hengari, our Managing Director, was highly impressed with the renewed interest that tour operators showed. Many of them were quick to point out that a number of their clients have been asking for Namibia and our establishments to be added to their itineraries when they travel to Southern Africa. “What came out strongly is that Namibia is a destination that North Americans want to visit. This was shown by the number of tour operators who showed interest in marketing Namibia due to its vast wildlife, space and various cultural groups. I, therefore, see us using this as a key competitive advantage as we offer these things within our establishments”, said Mrs Hengari. During the same trip, Mrs Hengari paid a courtesy visit to H.E Neville Gertze, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Namibia to the United Nations. He advised her that we should consider hosting a Namibian event next year that focuses on culture, music and tourism as this would present further opportunities for us to make inroads into the American market. It was also during this same time that Mrs Hengari was interviewed by Voice of America (VOA) where she highlighted the strengths Namibia has over its neighbouring countries. The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) who are currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly also interviewed Mrs Hengari regarding the outcome of the roadshow. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AFRICAN SHOWCASE – NORTH AMERICA ROADSHOW Interview with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) Mrs Zelna Hengari, NWR’s Managing Director and Mr Mufaro Nesongano NWR’s Manager: Corporate Communications and Online Media who represented NWR at the Africa Showcase. Mrs Zelna Hengari, NWR’s Managing Director handing over a gift to H.E Neville Gertze, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Namibia to the United Nations WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA MICE (WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA) SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA ☎ +264 61 285 7200 +264 61 224 900 ☎ +264 61 285 7108/2857167/ 285 7169 / 285 7188 ☎ +264 64 402 172 +264 64 402 796 ☎ +27 21 422 3761 +27 21 422 5148

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