Namibia Wildlife Resorts Introduces Independence Special to Encourage Domestic Travel

 

Windhoek, Namibia – 28 February 2024 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is pleased to announce the introduction of its Independence Special, which encourages Namibians to discover the beauty of their own country by offering large discounts on accommodation at all NWR locations. The programme responds to Namibians’ worries about the high expense of recreational travel within the country.

 

 

With the Independence Special, NWR aims to address these concerns by making travel more accessible and affordable for Namibians. Starting 1st of March, all lodges under NWR’s management will be discounted by 60%, making it easier for locals to experience the diverse landscapes and unique wildlife that Namibia has to offer.

 

 

Nelson Ashipala, NWR spokesperson, emphasised the organisation’s commitment to making domestic travel more accessible to Namibians. “Through our recent engagements with the public, we have recognised the genuine concerns regarding the affordability of leisure travel,” Ashipala stated . “The special is open to all travellers but our hope is to see a strong uptake, mostly from locals”. As part of the special, popular lodges such as Khorixas Camp in Damara Land will be available for as little as N$220.00 per night, including breakfast. It’s important to note that while most lodges are included in the Special, seasonal camps such as the Miles along the coastline are not part of the discounted offer.

 

 

The Independence Special will run throughout the month of March, giving Namibians ample opportunity to take advantage of these exclusive discounts and embark on memorable adventures across the country. NWR encourages interested individuals to book early to secure their preferred accommodations.

Discover Namibia with Namibia Wildlife Resorts at ITB Berlin 2024

 

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Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), the custodian of Namibia’s most enchanting wildlife and landscape experiences, is thrilled to announce its participation at the world-renowned ITB Berlin 2024. From March 5th to 7th, 2024, the Berlin Exhibition Grounds will transform into a melting pot of travel industry innovation, hosting over 24,000 attendees across four stages and 17 thematic tracks. Amidst this global gathering, NWR invites you to explore the natural wonders of Namibia at Hall 20, Stand Number 206.

 

ITB Berlin, the leading travel trade show, sets the stage for the latest trends in travel and tourism, offering keynotes, panel discussions, and awards on pioneering topics like travel technology, sustainability, and hospitality. This year’s theme, “Pioneer the Transition in Travel & Tourism. Together,” perfectly aligns with NWR’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism. As guardians of Namibia’s natural heritage, NWR is poised to share insights and initiatives that reflect its ongoing efforts to enhance visitor experiences while nurturing the environment.

 

NWR’s exhibit will showcase the vast spectrum of Namibia’s tourism offerings, from thrilling adventure travel and responsible tourism to unique cultural experiences and breathtaking landscapes. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover NWR’s latest activities, including its innovative approaches to cutting costs and improving services, alongside its social development initiatives, like empowering women with hospitality training in Namibia and South Africa.

 

The participation of industry leaders like Nishank Gopalkrishnan (CCO, TUI Musement) and Kristin Dorsett (CPO, Viator) in discussions on travel technology underscores the convention’s focus on advancing the sector. NWR is excited to contribute to these conversations, sharing its vision for integrating technology with tourism to enhance the guest experience in Namibia’s wilderness.

 

Organized by Messe Berlin GmbH, ITB Berlin has been a pivotal platform for tourism professionals since 1966. The 2023 edition saw an impressive turnout of 90,127 visitors and 5,500 exhibitors, setting the stage for another successful event in 2024. NWR’s history of participation at ITB Berlin demonstrates its commitment to elevating Namibia’s profile as a premier tourist destination on the global stage.

 

Join Namibia Wildlife Resorts at ITB Berlin 2024 to embark on a journey through the heart of Namibia’s majestic landscapes and wildlife. Experience the spirit of adventure, conservation, and unparalleled hospitality that defines NWR. Let’s pioneer the transition in travel and tourism together. See you at Hall 20, Stand Number 206, from March 5-7, 2024.

 

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    Namibia Wildlife Resorts Bolsters Khorixas Town’s Environmental Efforts with Significant Donation

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – December 6, 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), has reaffirmed its commitment to environmental stewardship by donating essential cleaning materials to the Khorixas Town Council. The donation includes gloves, refuse bags, and masks, aiming to support the town in maintaining a pristine environment.

     

    Khorixas Town, strategically positioned along the most scenic route and forming part of the gateway through the tourism triangle, also serves as the gateway to the Kunene region. Recognising the town’s pivotal role in promoting tourism, NWR is keenly aware of the importance of upholding cleanliness standards to enhance the overall visitor experience.

     

    The initiative reflects NWR’s dedication to environmental responsibility and underscores the organisation’s ongoing efforts to contribute positively to local communities. By providing practical resources such as gloves, refuse bags, and masks, NWR aims to empower Khorixas in its mission to keep the town and its surroundings clean and welcoming.

     

    Handing over the donation, NWR spokesperson, Mr Nelson Ashipala highlighted the importance of partnerships between organisations. “We see lots of traffic passing through Khorixas. We know this because we operate here. The least we could do is to ensure that we keep this beautiful town of ours clean” he said.

     

    Mr. Andreas Howoseb, the Chief Executive Officer of Khorixas Town, expressed his delight and gratitude upon receiving the generous donation from NWR. He emphasized the significance of collaboration between public and private entities in preserving the beauty of Khorixas, highlighting the positive impact such partnerships can have on the community and the broader region. The donation totalled N$ 10 000.00 and will see NWR staff commit to assisting the towns cleaning campaigns with logistics and manpower.

     

    NWR remains committed to promoting sustainable practices within the tourism industry, aligning with its broader mission of preserving Namibia’s natural beauty for future generations. The recent donation to Khorixas Town Council exemplifies NWR’s proactive approach to corporate social responsibility and its dedication to fostering a clean and attractive environment for residents and visitors alike.

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts Expresses Disappointment in Low Local Travel Uptake, Encourages Namibians to Explore Their Own Backyard

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – December 5, 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has expressed disappointment in the relatively low number of Namibians taking up travel opportunities within the country. Despite concerted efforts to promote domestic tourism, the majority of visitors to NWR facilities remain Europeans, with a significant number hailing from Germany.

     

     

    From November 2022 to November 2023, a total of 511,984 European occupants visited Namibia Wildlife Resorts facilities, with an overwhelming majority, 35 013 or about 7% of our total clients, originating from Germany. South Africa’s market has shown resilience, contributing 90,296 guests to our resorts. We are also seeing an interest from the Botswana market, with 394 guests having visited our facilities.

     

     

    Out of total of 511 984 clients, 22 622 are Namibian luxury travellers. This equates to 4% of our local guests.

     

     

    Mr. Nelson Ashipala, NWR spokesperson, voiced the organisation’s concern and optimism for increased local engagement. “We are disappointed that more Namibians have not embraced the opportunity to explore the beauty of their own country through travel. While we welcome and appreciate our European visitors, we believe that local tourism is an essential component of our industry’s success.”

     

    Mr. Ashipala highlighted the proactive measures NWR is taking to encourage domestic tourism. “We understand that travel is a significant investment, and to make it more accessible for Namibians, we currently have special promotions running. These exclusive offers are tailored to entice our fellow citizens to experience the unparalleled beauty and hospitality our resorts have to offer. The SADC special is one of these.”

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts invites Namibians to take advantage of these special offers and rediscover the wonders within their own borders. The organization remains committed to fostering a vibrant local tourism sector that benefits both communities and the nation’s economy.

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts Encourages Namibians to Take Advantage Of New Black Friday Vouchers

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – November 16, 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is delighted to announce its highly anticipated Black Friday Specials, tailored for all travellers but priced mostly for Namibians eager to explore the beauty of our country’s diverse landscapes and wildlife. As part of NWR’s commitment to making these experiences accessible, the Black Friday Specials will be available from November 24 to November 30, 2023.

     

     

    The limited Black Friday Special vouchers, priced at an N$1000.00 for bed & breakfast at Classic resorts and N$1999.00 for bed & breakfast at Eco Resorts, present a unique opportunity for local and international clients to embark on unforgettable journeys. These specially crafted vouchers are designed to facilitate travel from December 5, 2023, to April 30, 2024, allowing for flexibility and convenience in planning the perfect getaway.

     

     

    NWR understands its mandate to ensure that the wonders of Namibia are within reach for all citizens. The Black Friday Specials are a testament to this commitment, offering an affordable means for local tourists to experience the rich flora and fauna that our country is renowned

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    “We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore and appreciate the natural wonders that Namibia has to offer,” said Nelson Ashipala, Spokesperson at Namibia Wildlife Resorts. “Our Black Friday Specials are designed to provide an opportunity for Namibians to immerse themselves in the beauty of our country, with a focus on some of our recently renovated resorts. This is a chance not only to enjoy a memorable vacation but also to witness firsthand the dedication and effort NWR has put into maintaining these exceptional destinations.”

     

    To secure these exclusive vouchers, interested individuals are encouraged to act swiftly, as the limited availability is expected to generate high demand. The booking window opens on November 24, and vouchers can be purchased until November 30, 2023.

    NWR Hospitality Institute Celebrates Graduation of 69 Trainees in Hospitality and Tourism

     

    Okahandja, Namibia – November 14, 2023 – The Namibia Wildlife Resorts Hospitality Institute (NWR HI) on the 13th of November celebrated the graduation of 69 trainees in various specialisations within the hospitality and tourism sector. The ceremony took place at Gross Barmen in Okahandja, marking a significant milestone in the journey of these dedicated individuals.

     

    The training initiative, which commenced at two centers, Khorixas Rest Camp and Gross Barmen Resort, included 80 apprentices, of which 69 officially graduated. This comprehensive program was made possible through the funding provided under the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) initiative, facilitated by the Namibia Training Authority. Additionally, support was extended by the Kunene Regional Council, funding seven private students, and an additional 12 private students specialising in tour guiding.

     

    On this occasion, 69 trainees successfully completed their courses, earning qualifications in diverse areas such as front office operations, commercial cookery, housekeeping operations, food and beverage services, and local tourism guiding at level 3. The diverse skill set acquired by the graduates positions them as valuable assets to the burgeoning hospitality and tourism industry in Namibia.

     

    The importance of this achievement is underscored by the recognition of the tourism sector in Namibia’s National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5). The plan identifies the Tourism Industry as a pivotal contributor to the country’s economic growth. The successful graduation of these trainees aligns with the nation’s broader goals, emphasising the critical role that a skilled and motivated workforce plays in achieving economic objectives.

     

    The NWR Hospitality Institute extends its gratitude to all stakeholders, including the Namibia Training Authority, the Kunene Regional Council, and private sponsors, for their unwavering support throughout the training program. The Institute remains committed to nurturing talent and contributing to the development of a robust hospitality and tourism sector in Namibia.

     

    About NWR Hospitality Institute

    The NWR Hospitality Institute is a leading institution dedicated to providing high-quality training and education in the field of hospitality and tourism. With a commitment to excellence, the Institute strives to produce skilled professionals who contribute significantly to the growth and development of the industry in Namibia.

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts Limited Celebrates Debt-Free Milestone

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – October 26, 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts Limited (NWR) is thrilled to announce a significant achievement just days before the end of its financial year on October 31, 2023. The company is debt-free, after having successfully settled all its outstanding long-term and statutory debts, some of which trace back to its foundation.

     

    These debts included financial obligations to both development financial institutions and commercial funding organisations, posing a long-standing financial challenge for the company. Furthermore, NWR has cleared all statutory debts, including historical tax payments owed to the Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA). The total debt was N$ 93 844 091.25.

     

    The Managing Director, Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, expressed immense delight at this remarkable accomplishment, acknowledging that long-term debts had been a persistent challenge since the company’s inception. The MD thanked the NWR team for their unwavering commitment to sustainability. The Managing Director further stated, “I am overjoyed that we were able to pay off our long-term and statutory debts just two years after the Covid-19 outbreak, which nearly devastated the tourism industry. This accomplishment means that we can now allocate the revenue generated from our operations to cover other essential requirements, such as maintenance and employee training and development, in the future.

     

    NWR’s success in becoming debt-free marks a significant turning point in its financial history and sets the stage for a future of financial stability and growth. The company remains dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism in Namibia and looks forward to continuing its positive impact on the country’s economy and natural heritage.

    Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation: Namibia Wildlife Resorts and Germany’s Intercultural Relations Forge Closer Ties Through Skills Exchange Program

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – October 23, 2023 – Namibia, through the Namibia Wildlife Resorts and Germany, through the Inter-Cultural Relations Foundation, are strengthening their diplomatic relations through a collaboration that highlights the strength of cooperation and shared knowledge.

     

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) hereby announces the arrival of 100 apprentices from the Inter-Cultural Relations Foundation in Germany, who will be joining our team to enhance maintenance and skill transfer efforts in NWR’s hospitality sector. This exceptional partnership embodies the close ties between our two nations and our mutual commitment to fostering cultural exchange and sustainable development.

     

    Led by Mr. Joachim Keferstein, this delegation of German apprentices with vocational and technical expertise are scheduled to arrive in Namibia in three groups, with the first group landing on October 26, 2023. The second group will follow in November, and the final group is set to arrive in February 2024. These apprentices will be distributed across multiple NWR resorts throughout Namibia, where they will contribute their expertise to maintenance operations, while also benefiting from the experiences and insights of our highly skilled local staff.

     

    NWR spokesperson, Mr Nelson Ashipala, expressed the significance of this diplomatic initiative, stating, “We are excited about this relationship with the Inter-Cultural Relations Foundation from the Federal Republic of Germany. Skill transfer is of paramount importance to our industry, and this collaboration offers a unique opportunity for us to learn from our German partners as they, in turn, gain from our distinctive experiences. With many interns already engaged across our camps, this is an opportune moment for them to benefit from the rich knowledge shared by this esteemed delegation.”

     

    This collaboration symbolises the ongoing commitment of both Namibia and Germany to promote international cooperation and intercultural exchange, fostering mutual understanding and long-lasting relationships. It is a testament to the enduring partnership between our nations and the shared vision of progress and collaboration.

     

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) eagerly anticipates this partnership’s positive impact on our organisation and the broader community. We look forward to deepening our relationship with Germany. We are confident that this initiative will contribute significantly to the enhancement of our maintenance staff’s skills, promoting a sustainable and prosperous future.

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts Celebrates Institute of People Management (IPM) Award for Outstanding Student and Intern Recruitment

     

    Windhoek, Namibia – September 26, 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) is proud to announce that it has been honoured with the prestigious Institute of People Management (IPM) Award for its exceptional commitment to recruiting and nurturing young talents in the hospitality industry. The award ceremony, which recognised NWR for recruiting the highest number of students and interns, took place on 19th September in Swakopmund, Namibia.

     

    NWR has long been dedicated to creating lasting value for society by providing students and interns with invaluable market experience within the field of hospitality. Beyond its core operations, NWR manages two dedicated hospitality institutes at Gross Barmen in Okahandja and Khorixas. These institutes have not only produced industry-ready professionals but have also played a pivotal role in bolstering the tourism and hospitality sector of Namibia.

     

    In addition to nurturing talent within its own institutes, NWR extends its commitment to the broader community by engaging students from various educational institutions. Presently, NWR has approximately 100 students on its roster, all of whom are gaining invaluable industry exposure and hands-on experience.

     

    Mr. Nelson Ashipala, NWR’s Communications Manager, expressed his delight upon receiving this prestigious award. He remarked, “An award of this magnitude truly excites us, as it serves as a testament to our unwavering dedication to nurturing the next generation of hospitality professionals. We believe that investing in young talent is pivotal for the growth of our industry and the nation as a whole. This recognition reaffirms that we are on the right path, and we are committed to continuing our efforts in this direction.”

     

    “NWR remains committed to its mission of not only providing world-class hospitality services but also serving as a beacon of opportunity for aspiring individuals seeking to embark on a rewarding career in the hospitality and tourism industry”, he further added.

    Namibia Wildlife Resorts presents Annual Report with Clean Audit

     

    Windhoek, 10 May 2023 – Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Board and Management presented its annual report to the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises, Minister Iipumbu Shiimi, on the 9th of May 2023. The company announced that it had achieved a clean audit for the first time, indicating its commitment to effective governance and accountability.

     

    During the year under review, NWR managed to cut its operating loss by 66%, from N$97 million in 2021 to N$33 million in 2022. Revenue improved by 74%, from N$167 million in 2021 to N$290 million. This remarkable effort reflects NWR’s dedication to sustainability and innovation, as well as its ongoing efforts to streamline operations and enhance customer experience. While NWR is still in a loss-making situation, the company’s management is confident that if the same improvement trend continues, a profit is certain in the near future. NWR remains committed to delivering exceptional service to its guests and exploring new ways of enhancing its service offerings.

     

    In addition to financial performance, NWR is proud to report that it is in compliance with statutory requirements and governance regulations. The Governance Agreement and board members’ Performance Agreements with the Shareholder, as envisaged by the Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2019 (Act No.1 of 2019) are being finalised, ensuring that NWR continues to uphold the highest standards of corporate responsibility.

     

    The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Mr Iipumbu Shiimi congratulated NWR for once again setting a great example in presenting its audit report on time. “Allow me to thank the NWR team for setting a great example in finalising its audit on time. This is not something that is common in the State Owned Enterprise sector. This achievement reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire NWR team, and it underscores the company’s commitment to transparency and accountability” he said.

     

    The Chairman of the board, Ambassodor Haroldt /Urib highlighted NWR’s commitment to ensuring Namibians get an opportunity to experience leisure travel. “As in previous years, NWR is dedicated to introducing specials and discounts to its domestic market, aimed at encouraging domestic travellers to sign up for, and use, the Namleisure card. The Namleisure card entitles Namibians to a 50% discount on accommodation and is aimed at promoting tourism within the country. The company is pleased to note that new cardholders for the domestic market continue to grow, providing an opportunity for Namibians to visit and know their own country” the Chairperson said.

     

    Overall, NWR’s Annual Report reflects a commitment to excellence in all areas of its operations. The company remains dedicated to providing exceptional service to its guests, while also upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and accountability.

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