Minister of tourism Pohamba Shifeta says the tourism and hospitality industry has already felt the reverberating effects of the lockdown as the majority of approximately 120 000 directly employed people in that industry are sitting at home with no pay.
Namibia Tourism Association chairman Bernd Schneider says tourism is going to be in for a tough ride not only for the next few months, but in the following year. “This is going to impact us quite until 2021.”
Schneider says lodges currently have no business because the majority of the industry’s income is generated through foreign travellers. He said as the international travel component will probably not be unrestricted when countries lift travel bans, Namibia will be adversely affected for a long time.
“The knock will not end when the lockdown is lifted,” said chairman of the Namibia Tourism Board, Bernd Schneider. He says Namibia needs to look at opening up local travel and hospitality under very controlled circumstances.