Africa: Namibia Wildlife Resorts Courts Ghanaians
Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is on a charm offensive in Ghana. Last Friday November 30 2018 at the Cleaver House in Accra it hosted a networking and showcasing event for Ghanaian stakeholders drawn from travel and tour operators, the media and other interested parties.
The two-person team from NWR, Miss Esther Ndilula, Corporate Tourism and Tour Planning Manager and Mr. Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano Communications and Media Manager made a presentation on the tourism disposition of Namibia pointing out wildlife, natural formations, affordable and comfortable resort facilities, good food and many others as attractions awaiting the visitor to Namibia.
Miss Ndulala explained that the event was a follow-up on a Namibian delegation to Ghana in October 2018, led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr. Willem Goeirmann to drum up cooperation, collaboration and business with Ghana. She explained that Ghana is of much interest to NWR especially with the resumption of Air Namibia flights to the country.
In a welcome address, Mr. Peter Addai, manager of Air Namibia in Ghana, expressed delight at the initiative, describing it as being in line with the AU Agenda 2063’s proposition of increased inter-Africa contacts, travel and tourism. He said Air Namibia was very interested especially as it would lead to more people travelling to and from the two counties.
Mr. Anane Nsiah of the Ghana Tourist Board said he was delighted by the event and hoped it would lead to increased tourism traffic between the two countries. He said he expects the initiative would be a two-way situation where Ghanaians would travel to Namibia and Namibians would also travel to Ghana to see Ghana’s own unique tourism attractions.
Ghana and Namibia have trademark tourism strengths that could be marketed to mutual benefit. Whereas Namibia boasts of major populations of wildlife, including the big five, Ghana’s wildlife populations are very low. Namibia is a vast country of exquisite and postcard natural beauty. The meeting of desert and sea is special to Namibia only.
What Ghana misses out in wildlife, is made up with the unique Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade infrastructure of forts and castles strewn along her coastline. Many African Americans and other peoples of African heritage in the Americas were transported from these forts and castles. Ghana’s festivals are also among the most varied and colourful in the world. The open markets, for example, of Makola in Accra and Kajetia in Kumasi are popular attractions.
The event was put together by NWR, with the assistance of Air Namibia and Hype.Up Ghana, a Ghanaian event management company provided services. Air Namibia resumed flights to Ghana in June this year after a three-year absence. It is expected that increased tourism numbers would boost its fortunes.
Present at the event were Ambassador Alhaji A. Harruna Attah, former High Commissioner of Ghana to Namibia who presented prizes to raffle winners and Miss Maija Hamupembe of the Namibia High Commission in Accra.