Speaking at the handing-over here, FNB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ian Leyenaar said the bank recognises the importance of the tourism sector as one of the most promising engines of growth for the Namibian economy.
“Our contribution will effectively support Namibian tour operators, lodges and conservancies to offer the best possible experience to our international guests, which in turn will help ensure that more of them will add Namibia to their destination portfolios,” he noted.
FNB’s support will mainly focused on the pre-summit adventures arranged by the ATWS Secretariat. The donation is aimed at assisting local operators to capitalise on every opportunity the summit presents to promote Namibia as one of the preferred adventure destinations in the world, according to Leyenaar.
He said the unique experiences available across the country are part of what gives Namibia a competitive advantage to host the event.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same occasion, NTB CEO Digu //Naobeb noted that the Project Manager for the project will be appointed by 01 March 2013 to lead the ATWS Secretariat.
He explained that the NTB and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) signed a contract that pre- and post-adventure tourism packages should be made available to delegates not only to attend the summit, but also to experience and explore Namibia.
“Delegates are business people looking for business partners and to network. Networking and partnerships are benefits for the industry,” he stressed.
According to //Naobeb, a website portal will also be up and running as from 01 March, which will serve as a gateway for delegates to use the site for bookings for accommodation and adventure.
The site will be directly linked to ATTA’s website.
“Preparations are on track and we are very excited to host the event that would be attended by more than 700 tourism executives and 50 journalists from around the world,” he added.
The summit is slated to take place from 26 to 31 October this year in the capital and in Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.