By Confidente Reporter
THE Namibian Wildlife Resort (NWR) has cautioned Namibians to treat tourists who visit Namibia with great hospitality as they bring much needed foreign capital which contributes to the government’s fiscus. NWR’s managing director, Zelna Hengari, said that tourists tremendously assist the local economy through the purchasing of goods in the respective towns they visit. “That is why the role they play is so significant and cuts across different sectors,” explained Hengari. “When one thinks about the tourism industry, what usually comes to mind are the providers of tourism facilities along with transportation service,” she added. According to Hengari, these players have a significant role to play to ensure tourists are accommodated and transported. “A typical tourist flies into Namibia through Air Namibia and lands at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. From there, a taxi takes him/her to their choice of accommodation. “During their stay, they eat at different restaurants in addition to visiting local markets. Some tourists might even visit National Parks or cultural villages where they spend money. During their stay, service providers such as car hiring companies, fuel stations and grocer shops also benefit.” she said. Hengari indicated that as a company that benefits from tourists, NWR is conscious of the important role they play to ensure the local economy thrives. She is of the opinion that without tourists, the more than 900 NWR’s employees and its 24 tourism facilities would greatly suffer. It is for this reason, she stressed, that as a tourism facilities’ provider, NWR strives to treat every tourist, whether domestic or international with the best hospitality because of the significant contribution they make to keep the parastatal and the local economy afloat. “Aside from the financial contributions tourists make, they are great ambassadors for their countries. By visiting local villages and experiencing the culture, they are able to expose unfamiliar places to their friends and families who in turn might decide to visit these places themselves.” Hengari continued: “They also shows to the world what they come across through posting photos on their social media platforms which further markets Namibia as tourist destination without the country spending a single cent.” she said. NWR’s spokesperson, Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano, said stakeholders such as the telecommunication companies play a vital role in ensuring that communication for tourists is facilitated smoothly. “The current drive by Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is very is welcome as it will ensure that tourists remain connected throughout the country,” “This is vital because they are able to share their experiences immediately thereby creating awareness of our hidden gems.” he said.
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