Namibia scoop awards in Germany

Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta receiving an international tourism award in Berlin. Photo : Informanté

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Namibia has been awarded the Best Destination Safari and Wildlife at the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) awards.

According to News Era, the award was accepted by Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, who was also awarded the Tourism Minister of the Year- Emerging Destination award, at the Berlin’s Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB) in Germany recently.

PATWA promotes professional development of travel communication and media. The association’s goal is to develop and encourage travel writing, reporting and communication – print and electronic, which are essential to promoting tourism.

Minister Shifeta gave credit to women and men in rural areas, living with wildlife, who strive for balanced land use and a healthy environment.

“The awards to Namibia could not have come at a better time than now, when we are battling to control poaching of our rhinos and elephants. This will encourage us as the authority and our various stakeholders to do more to stop poaching of high value species,” he said.

Shifeta noted that Namibia strives for the maintenance of its ecological biodiversity for the benefit of its citizens and the world, adding its conservation is therefore based on three pillars.

“We proud ourselves as among the global leaders in conservation and that we are offering you all tourists of the world not only a safe and incredible safari and wildlife experience, but we offer an opportunity to contribute to ecological preservation and biodiversity protection,” he added.

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