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The Ministry of Health and Social Services says Namibia’s Covid-19 protocols will remain unchanged while they monitor developments in China where a suspected new variant of the virus has been attributed to a surge in cases in that country.

Finance and Public Enterprises Minister, Ipumbu Shiimi has announced another extension of the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) board’s term of office on a temporary basis from
15 December to 14 March 2023. 

Namibia is set to benefit from a US Agency for International Development (USAID) backed Africa Conservation and Communities Tourism Fund, led by investors and conservationists, which aims to raise N$1.3 billion (US$75 million) to fund safari operators across the continent.

The Gondwana Collection’s King Nehale Lodge at Etosha was officially opened at the weekend after the May 2020 initial plans were dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic that had dealt a blow to the hospitality and tourism industry.

The South African Airways (SAA) has relaunched its Windhoek-Johannesburg route after a two-year hiatus, with its first flight having landed on Thursday at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Government-owned tourism and hospitality enterprise, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), and Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU) on Friday agreed a wage increment for all employees. 

The Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) says it sold out all 7,500 vouchers allocated under its Black Friday promotion within the first eight hours on the first day of sales. 

 Hikes in rates by Namibian hospitality establishments has been attributed to hotels and lodges taking advantage of improved tourist inflows, research firm Simonis Storm has noted.

German airline, the Lufthansa Group, has commenced a three times per week Frankfurt-Mbombela Kruger National Park (KNP) service, with a short stopover in Windhoek operated by Eurowings Discover. 

The government has in the past four years registered 14 500 gambling machines, amid concern that Namibians are getting hooked to the recreational games.

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