Namibia marks a milestone – just three months remain until the nation hosts the 10th Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) Adventure Travel World Summit in both Windhoek and Swakopmund, October 26 – 31, 2013. Being selected to host this marquee international tourism conference highlights the nation’s readiness to host first-tier luxury incentives programs as well as conferences.
Twice the size of California, yet with a population slightly more than two million, Namibia is immense by African standards. From the white sands and brilliant blue waters of the Skeleton Coast to the red sands of the world’s highest dunes in Sossusvlei, from the wildlife of Etosha National Park and to the desert adapted elephants in Damaraland, the country’s horizons are endless and its terrain ever-changing.
As one of the world’s newest nations, obtaining independence in just March 1990, Namibia stands out as the ultimate Southern Africa safari experience-a stunning, untamed slice of nature with stability and luxury to spare.
|Fast facts about ATWS 2013:|
|Date||26th – 31st October 2013|
|Venues||Windhoek and Swakopmund|
|Conference venue (largest)||Safari Court Conference Centre|
Conservation is intrinsic to the country’s ethos. All 1,200 miles of its Atlantic coastline is government-protected. An emphasis on conservation is woven into the country’s Constitution. Since its independence in 1990, more than 42% of the country’s land area has been protected under some form of conservation management, and 29 joint-venture lodges and campsites now operate in partnership with conservancies, a vibrant and growing part of the destination’s tourism profile.
Only in Namibia are endangered species being trans-located from National Parks to communal conservancies, where wildlife is protected. Namibia plans to continue its conservation efforts by avoiding mass market tourism and making thoughtful choices regarding sustainable growth.
Throughout the untouched landscapes, visitors will find Namibia offers modern facilities and luxury accommodations. In-country travel is surprisingly easy, and professional support services for incentive programs, conferences and events are readily available.
The Ultimate Incentive and Board Retreat Experiences.
Namibia’s luxury lodges are perfect for first-tier incentive groups and executive retreats.
• Serra Cafema – Kunene River – Located in the extreme northwest of Namibia on the banks of the Kunene River, Serra Cafema is one of Southern Africa’s most luxurious camps. This intimate accommodation option boasts a unique mix of rustic and luxury elements, only accessible by light aircraft. Accommodation consists of eight riverside Meru-style canvas and thatched villas on spacious, elevated decks that overlook the dramatic landscapes of the Namib Desert. By day guests can view game on the surrounding sands and lush oases along the river.
• Onguma Tented Camp – Etosha National Park: Discover ‘Safari Chic’ in Namibia’s leading game viewing destination. Seven luxury tents offer guests a private, exclusive accommodation option in the Etosha Pan. Built around an active waterhole, viewing Namibia’s iconic wildlife can be experienced from all corners of the property.
The main lodge is a hub for the camp’s activities – gourmet dining, sundowners, game viewing from sumptuous sofas and a quick walk to the property’s pool. Every comfort is attended to and the bush-chic styling ensures guests are cocooned in luxury.
Sossusvlei Desert Reserve: Nestled deep in the heart of the Namib Desert, the lodge is a secluded oasis that overlooks Namibia’s iconic sand dunes. The ten spacious stone and glass desert villas are air conditioned and furnished to complement the outside vista, each boasting a private veranda, split level sitting area with fireplace, star-viewing window above the bed, in-suite glass-encased bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower. Safaris are offered into the adjacent Sossusvlei Desert Reserve to walk the magnificent dunes and to experience the extraterrestrial Deadvlei.
• Wolwedans Boulder Camp – Namibrand Reserve: The newest and most exclusive property in the Wolwedans Collection includes four luxury tents hugged by massive granite boulders with a panoramic outlook of the Namibrand Reserve. At the main tent, guests enjoy gourmet dining by an open fireplace. Day excursions include guided game drives and walking safaris that tread along the ancient hunting grounds of the bush men.
• Hotel Heintizberg – Windhoek: In the nation’s capital, this circa 1914 castle blends the country’s European traditions with welcoming African customs creating a unique luxury accommodation option. The hotel’s 16 spacious, generously appointed suites are contemporary in design and decorated with Italian ceramic floor tiles, hand-made wood furnishings, and boast huge four-poster beds.
Namibia’s Meeting Facilities:
The largest conference venue in Windhoek, the Safari Court Conference Centre, can accommodate 1,000 delegates theatre-style and has twelve additional breakout boardrooms that seat up to 50 delegates. The Centre has a computerized sound and lighting system and humidity-controlled air-conditioning.
The Windhoek Country Club & Resort offers a conference facility equipped to accommodate up to 600 people in its auditorium.
The NamPower Convention Centre, can accommodate up to 500 delegates in a multifunctional auditorium. The facility consists of two spacious conference venues that can be divided into two sections, three breakaway rooms and a video conferencing bureau.
Other major conference facilities in the Namibian capital include the Heja Game Lodge, Hilton Hotel, Kalahari Sands Hotel & Casino, Kempinski Midgard Country Estate, and Okahandja Country Hotel, all of which can hold more than 100 people.
In and around the coastal cities of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Protea Hotel Pelican Bay, Rossmund Lodge and The Sakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre offer a diverse range of meeting venue options.
Date: 26 July 2013