Doyle was speaking during a meeting with tourism stakeholders here Tuesday on strategies for maximising the benefits of hosting the ATWS.
“Namibia holds progressive models in adventure tourism and tourism development in general. It is a fact that it handed in the most complete and professional proposal to host the event,” he noted.
Adventure travel is a type of tourism involving exploration or travel to remote, exotic and possibly hostile areas. Adventure tourism is growing rapidly in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations and amongst others include eco-; activity-; culture-; wildlife-; and leisure-tourism.
Namibia’s predominant conservancy model allows private enterprises to work with Government on community-based tourism. Doyle said with this model, wildlife-rich Africa has tremendous potential for sustainable economic growth that can benefit rural communities, while conserving and co-existing with wildlife.
Namibia is one of the few countries in the world that has conservation and environmental management mandated in its Constitution, and Government has reinforced this by giving communities the opportunity and rights to manage wildlife through communal conservancies.
Today there are more than 70 registered communal conservancies with joint-venture lodges and campsites operate in partnership with conservancies.
Doyle said Namibia is home to the most successful conservation story in Africa, adding that it is a story of species that were on the brink of extinction, but are thriving today.
He said the summit “would be the most powerful moment” for local tourism entrepreneurs.
The event will strike a balance between high-impact, inspirational presentations for the entire delegation, with facilitated peer-to-peer collaboration, a business-to-business marketplace, delegate-media exchange and interactive learning workshops on real-world case studies, plus ample time for open social engagement, mixers and networking.
More than 700 tourism executives and 50 journalists from over 90 countries are expected to attend the summit.
Doyle advised that local entrepreneurs use the opportunity and take advantage to learn from other delegates, exchange ideas, share unique stories, and be open for suggestions.
“Namibia should use this moment in time to prove that its conservation model is working and convince other destinations to emulate the example and to take on the same concept,” he added.
The summit will take place in the capital and in Swakopmund in the Erongo Region from 26 to 31 October this year.