Ray of hope for battered Namibia tourism as vaccination begins

Ray of hope for battered Namibia tourism as vaccination begins


Namibia is expecting its tourism industry, which lost about $220 million last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to recover as vaccines are made available in Africa.

The southern African country recently started its inoculation programme against COVID-19 after receiving a donation of 100 000 dosages of COVID-19 vaccines from China.

"We are confident that the vaccines being administered elsewhere in the world will bring about hope to the struggling tourism sector," Xinhua quoted tourism ministry chief public relations officer Romeo Muyunda as saying.

"We expect the numbers of tourists' arrivals to slowly pick up with renewed hope. Already we anticipate a decline in our annual tourist arrivals for the first time since independence, due to the pandemic."

He said although it is still too early to tell how things will shape up, the country would be monitoring the travelling trends across the globe.

Tourism in Namibia was forecasted to contribute $756.7 million or 3.7% of total GDP by 2028.

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