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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lift entry restrictions imposed in November 2021 on travellers from 12 African countries including Namibia, following the Omicron variant of COVID-19 outbreak, the UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced.

Namibia recorded a national hotel occupancy rate of 32.5% in 4Q 2021, nearly doubling the previous quarter's figure of 17.0%, latest figures show.

The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has started engaging tourism operators to consider sweeping changes on accommodation pricing.

Am Weinberg Hotel will join the Gondwana portfolio with effect from the 1st of February 2022 in a management capacity.

Italy on Friday lifted an entry ban on people who had visited any of eight southern African states including Namibia, which it imposed in November as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 began to spread.

European Union member states have agreed to lift the air travel ban on southern African countries including Namibia, which will allow more travel to resume.

Namibians, among other nationalities, will no longer be required to self-isolate or conduct a pre-departure COVID-19 test as a requirement for vaccinated travellers entering the United Kingdom (UK).

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has urged the tourism industry to review its marketing strategy and start considering new markets in Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

TAAG Angola Airlines has become the first major regional airline, which flies directly to Namibia, to cancel flights following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

Tourism and hospitality firm, Gondwana Collection, says it sold over 10 000 vouchers on Black Friday, with the majority of vouchers being snapped up by Namibians.

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