WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s tourism statistics reveals that foreign arrivals
increased by 3 percent from 2014 to 2015.
Statistics Report for 2015, which was launched recently, reveals
that the tourism market for Namibia in 2015 was dominated by
Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Germany, Britain, the United
States, and France.
The report noted
that regardless of the tourist origin, most tourists visited
Namibia during the last quarter of the year, which accounted for
28.3 percent of all tourists traveling to Namibia.
In terms of total
foreign arrivals to Namibia, Minister of Environment and Tourism
Pohamba Shifeta said a new record number of 1,519,618 in 2015
was recorded, of which 1,387,773 were foreign tourists.
volumes, and we hope the tourism industry will take heart to
these figures and continue working together to grow tourism in
the country,” he added.
According to him,
the foreign arrivals figures are used in the collation of the
Tourism Satellite Account statistics which determine the real
value and contribution of tourism to the National Gross Domestic
said it is worth noting that the statistics also reveal a drop
in arrivals from Angola in terms of the regional source markets
as a result of adverse economic development in that source
market, while a dent was recorded in arrivals from China due to
periodic fluctuations caused by uncertainties in global economy
and growing competition globally.
Shifeta said the
information generated by these reports thus enables all
stakeholders to plan in the interest of sustainable and
competitive growth of the Namibian tourism sector.