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|early Aug.2008||Sasendle Adventure Tours, a South African & Namibian registered tour operating business, commissioned Namibia-Unlimited.com to publish their newsletters. The company recently introduced some very exciting new scheduled tours "Cape to Namibia" as part of their portfolio of guided and comfortably accommodated 4x4 adventure tours.|
Namibia enjoys an exceptionally early
spring, following some rather cold winter months in the country's
Day time temperatures have risen to around 30 degrees C again already in most parts of the country, and even higher in the northern regions. As usual for this time of year, gusts sweep across the highlands and carry with them a first vague hope of rains to come in a few months time.
Photo: Jasmine in bloom in a Windhoek garden
- Lisa Berl, Aug 2008
|late Nov. 2008||
HAN Tourism Trade Forum (HTTF) took place at the Safari Court
Conference Centre in Windhoek on 20 & 21 Nov. 2008.
With the majority of HAN members participating, it was a lively and well-visited event for exhibitors and their domestic tourism trade partners alike.
First signs of the world economic crisis had been slow to appear in Namibia until the HTTF but the country's in-bound tourism sector remained only cautiously optimistic in their outlook towards the 2008/09 tourist season.
In spite of substantial price hikes in goods, food stuffs, and fuel that raised operation cost in 2008 by an average of about 20%, the increase in 2009 tariffs for tourist accommodation, meals and activities mostly stayed below inflation rate, which exceeded 10% for the first time in many years. The inbound sector thus has to expect tangible reductions in profit margins during the 2009 season, which will come under even greater pressure from maintaining existing re-seller commissions, an expected drop in visitor numbers, and other external factors. The resulting decline in much needed development investments can have a detrimental effect on Namibia's economy for many years to come, if the global crisis will be allowed to deepen at its current rate.
Discussions on such issues and measures to soften the impact will most likely dominate trade partner contacts also at the tourism events in Europe, during the first quarter of 2009.
|late Jul. 2009||
A sharp decline in foreign tourist
arrivals has become undeniable and claimed its first victims from
amongst the Namibian inbound tourism sector.
Neighbouring countries that do not enjoy the same levels of loyalty from direct booking and mostly self-driving repeat visitors feel the effects of the global crisis even more than we do in Namibia. It remains largely unclear until now whether the trend will continue into 2010 and whether the Soccer World Cup to take place in South Africa in just under a year will have positive spin-off effects for Namibia.
Indications are that the number of individual travellers to Namibia will remain fairly stable while business from group travels will remain under pressure for some time to come.
BüllsPort Guestfarm has
recently completed its extensive renovation phase. 6 spacious
50 sqm twin-bed luxury rooms were built in addition to the 8
existing standard rooms. The new rooms feature spacious patios,
under floor solar heating/cooling, fly screens on all doors and
windows, Wi-Fi connection for own note book.
Okomitundu Guestfarm recently
welcomed a new management team, well known tourism personalities
Daniela and Cornelius Kemp.
Dani’s famous cheese factory has been re-located from Otjiwarongo to the farm premises. Mealtimes should now be a special delight for guests with a variety of around 40 different kinds of delicious cheeses to choose from.
Cornelius brought along his giant aviary of exotic parrots, to the enjoyment of everyone. The children’s playground was extended with a petting zoo and a trampoline to provide fun for the whole family.
Many more exciting new projects are in the process of being implemented, amongst others, a resident research team to study the diverse fauna and flora at Okomitundu Guestfarm.
The reservations office will also be situated on the farm.
Naua Naua Game Lodge near
Etosha went through a major upgrade and extension programme, during
2009, and also published a brand-new website.
Following a change of ownership early this year, the lodge is earmarked for further improvements in months to come. Should you wish to stay up-to-date, please subscribe to the newsletter, which will NOT be published on the website. These developments were covered up to News #03/2009 distributed in Dec '09.
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Lodge Newsletter may be ordered individually & subscribed to via
|Sam's Giardino in Swakopmund will have a new four-legged PR Manager from mid-Jan 2010 - a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy bought in Germany. This and other news were recently published in the Giardino News #02/2009 and distributed to local, regional and international trade contacts. As always, an update of their website took place simultaneously too. Many more info and news can be found by following the links.||
The Giardino Newsletter may be ordered individually & subscribed to via Email: SGpromo@giardinonamibia.com
Offroad Tours in Windhoek launched a new guided self-drive tour
product. The 4x4 off-road safari visits the company's concession
area in the Namib-Naukluft-Park.
An article on the experiences to be had can be found on this website under the following link: (see right)
Maison Ambre Guesthouse,
located close to the Windhoek city centre, recently completed
extensive renovations, which included:
A new stunning layout and stylish decor for the open plan kitchen / breakfast room (see photo to the right); additions of a wooden sun deck and two double rooms - bringing up the total to 5 rooms equipped with air conditioners, ceiling fans, fridge, coffee stations, wall safe, satellite TV and hair dryers.
As from January 2011, a 2-roomed self-catering unit will also become available.
A spacious barbeque facility and heated swimming pool complement the tranquil garden area.
More info at : www.maisonambre.de
Swakopmund Municipal Rest
Camp is currently busy with refurbishments of its 2-bedded
Rest Houses, which will be ready for the summer holiday season
starting in December 2010.
In mid January 2011, they will embark on a major upgrade programme of the popular ‘Spitzkoppe' Rest Houses (see photo to the right).
The Restcamp offers a total of 200 differently sized, fully equipped, and reasonably priced bungalows for self-catering guests. More info at: www.swk.com.na
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