In a statement at the end of February this year, the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) said the country’s tourism industry in 2016 recorded one of the best results in over a decade, with accommodation facilities recording nearly 60% occupancy rates across the country throughout the year.

HAN also predicted that 2017 will be even better for Namibia’s tourism industry, with tour operators already experiencing exceptionally high demand.

According to HAN CEO, Gitta Paetzold, January 2017 already showed improvements on last year. January is usually low season in Namibia, but occupancy rates this January remained at an average of more than 45% nationwide.

“This trend is of particular importance for the country at a time, when other economic sectors, be it fishing, agriculture or mining to some extent, experience difficulties.

“The Namibian tourism industry is fully geared to meet the demands and growing interest of the international travel market in southern Africa, and is looking forward to equal or even better results in the coming year.”

In the final months of 2016 and the start of the New Year, Namibia made it onto a number of prestigious lists of top destinations to visit in 2017, including Lonely Planet’s annual “Best in Travel” list as well as their list of best value destinations.

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