Coastal tourism breathes sigh of relief

TOUR operators and vendors at Walvis Bay have hope that the December holidays could start off on a good note for their livelihoods.

This came to light after the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security yesterday announced that four of Namibia's border posts would be open for travel with immediate effect. This includes the Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei and Noord­oewer border posts, and the Walvis Bay harbour.

Theunis Keulder, manager of Catamaran Charters, yesterday said he is happy because many South African nationals have been hoping to spend their December holidays in Namibia as usual.

“The fact that they can drive to Namibia from South Africa is very exciting to them, because it was not certain that it would happen any time soon. It will not get the industry operational fast again, but it will be a good December. Tourists from overseas countries have also made bookings with tourism companies, especially as the coast is a favourite destination. Most of them shifted their bookings to next year,” he said.

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Source: Namibian