A number of tourism operators in northern Namibia say that tourism has picked up significantly in their regions. The tourism operators say that the market for Etosha is attracting an increasing number of visitors, particularly from the United States and Canada, who then frequent the northern towns as part of their holiday visit to the country.
According to the Local Economic Development Officer at Ongwediva, Salome Shidute, the number of tourists to the northern regions are set to increase even more given the exciting developments taking place. “Tourist attraction areas could include the Ongwediva ELCIN Centre, Ongwediva open market and Oponona lake in the Oshana Region,” said Shidute.
But the Namibia Tourism Board confirmed the numbers of tourists in the northern regions are not easy to count. “There are different tour operators and visitor numbers are very difficult to compile to present an accurate representation of the number of tourists.
Some of the lodge owners and tour operating companies also provide us with incorrect information because they do not want to pay the full levies to the Namibia Tourism Board. If they paid the correct amount of levies then it would be easier to compile statistics on the exact number of visitors in the different regions,” commented Maggy Mbako, the Corporate Communications Practitioner at the Namibia Tourism Board.
Date: 19 August 2013