WALVIS BAY: Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua officially opened the 2012 Namport Erongo Business and Tourism Expo here on Wednesday.
The expo, formerly known only as the Erongo Expo, opened its gates on Wednesday and will end on Saturday.
The event is hosting over 200 exhibitors including, for the first time, exhibitors from the tourism industry, and is expected to draw at least 15 000 visitors.
The Standard Bank Motor Show also forms part of the expo, which is taking place at the Walvis Bay Civic Centre.
The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) and Standard Bank Namibia are the main sponsors of the expo.
Speaking during the opening, Mutjavikua indicated that the expo has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2008.
“This is true testimony of the confidence local, regional and international business has in what the expo means for growth of their businesses,” he said.
The Governor went on to say that he is impressed with the expo organisers’ decision to include a dedicated Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) area, and said another strong foundation upon which this year’s expo is based is the tourism sector.
“Domestic tourism, whilst still an unexplored area, can play a tremendous role in the growth of the tourism sector. By showcasing the myriad of tourism products and services, I am sure we will start to witness an increase in the number of Namibians exploring the beauty of our country,” Mutjavikua stated.
The Governor in addition cautioned business people to remember that the growth of their business should also be directly linked with the development of the people in the region.
“There should be a symbiotic relationship between local and regional authorities as well as the business sector in order to grow the economy of our region through the economic empowerment of our people,” he said.