WINDHOEK: The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) said it will not debate the annual seal-culling exercise, and will only engage with representatives of the Namibian tourism industry during the upcoming adventure summit.
ATTA Vice-President Chris Doyle made the statement during a meeting with tourism stakeholders on strategies for maximizing the benefits of hosting the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) stated to take place here from 26 to 31 October this year.
Doyle said despite the contention, ATTA is going to engage with representatives of the tourism industry and not debate the issue, adding that every tourism destination in the world has issues and faces challenges in the sector, but we choose Namibia as the destination to host the summit.
During the summit, delegates from around the world will gather for six days in Windhoek and Swakopmund for field days, adventure, marketing, networking and learning.
In September last year, pro-seal life activists called for an international boycott of Namibia’s tourism and export products to bring about an end to the country’s annual seal culling.
They have also petitioned against Namibia’s bid to host the 2013 ATWS, and the petition by Just for Seals Namibia to the ATTA received thousands of signatures.