By Marshallino Beukes
HE Swakopmund Mayor Paulina Nashilun- do, expressed her concern and discontent regarding acts of violence against tourists
during the Swakopmund Municipality’s monthly Council meeting recently.
Although it has been a while since any criminal act against tourists were reported in the Erongo Region, Nashilundo appealed to culprits targeting tourists, to end these acts of violence.
“I am disheartened when I read or get informed that a tourist in our country and especially in Swa- kopmund has been robbed, stabbed, assaulted and mistreated by our own people,” Nashilundo stressed.
She further noted that tourism is one of the most important sectors that have a good impact on the development of the country’s economy. Nashilun- do added that the main bene t from tourism is that it creates employment for both skilled and un- skilled members of the community.
Swakopmund is one of Namibia’s sought-a er holiday destination and the town hosts many local as well as international tourists on a daily basis.
Nashilundo indicated that every dollar or any foreign currency spent by the tourist contributes towards the upli ment of not only the town or the country, but also to individuals.
ese, she says, includes “our brothers and sisters
who are working at hotels, travel agencies, retailers, fuel stations, etc, for a salary or tip that is contrib- uted by the tourists,” the mayor emphasised.
She urged Swakopmund residents and the coun- try at large to strive to create the right conditions for both inward and outward tourism to thrive, by always making tourists feel welcome, safe and at home.
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