The tourism sector in Namibia has grown rapidly, and that has led to the Polytechnic partnering with international communities to exchange ideas and put forward new measures to meet Namibia’s National Development Programme (NDP) goals. One of the primary aims of the conference is to find ways of bridging the gap in intercultural communication among the very diverse participants from four tertiary education institutions, University of Dar es Salam, St Augustine University of Tanzania, Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the Polytechnic.
Dr Irja Pietila, Head of the Degree Programme in International Business and Tourism at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, welcomed the participants and emphasised that through initiatives such as this conference, students must come up with innovative ideas to further grow the tourism industry. She also applauded her country’s sound relations with Namibia and Tanzania which date back several decades.
Dr Erling Kavita, Head of the Polytechnic’s Hospitality and Tourism Department, said that tourist arrivals in Namibia had increased by more than seven per cent and that the force of these numbers should be harnessed for its immense value. “We should draw from this well to benefit our cultural heritage and advance the post-2015 sustainability agenda,” he said.
In line with the objectives of the conference, the attendants will be treated to various aspects of the Namibian culture and will also visit popular tourist sites in Swakopmund and along the coast.