Accommodation Facilities in the North Fully Booked

MANY travellers and tourists who are planning to visit the Olufuko Festival and the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair in the North have no accommodation as most facilities are fully booked.

When The Namibian visited various accommodation facilities at Ongwediva, they were all said to be fully booked until 1 September.

Many of the travellers, including tourists, were seen wandering the streets of Ongwediva looking for accommodation, while some used social networks searching for a place to stay.

Accommodation facilities such as Mango Guest House, Etuna Guest House, Hotel Destiny and Ongwediva Guest House are some of those that are fully booked at Ongwediva, while in Outapi most of the accommodation facilities are also rented out for the whole of this week.

According to one guest house owner, who preferred to remain anonymous, most of the accommodation facilities are fully booked this time of the year.

“It is high season now. There are many people in town. The demand is usually high this time around,” she said. Ndaame Nekwaya, the owner of Etuna Guest House, aised the tourists to always book for accommodation in aance to avoid disappointments.

The spokesperson of Ongwediva town council, Andreas Utoni, said that the council will try to urge some house-owners and other stakeholders next year to rent out their houses.

“It is a pity that all the accommodation facilities are fully booked. The council will try to mobilise house owners next year, so that they rent out their houses. We will assure them that their properties will be secure. This is bad for the travellers who want to be part of the trade fair,” said Utoni, who urged tourists to visit the Ongwediva town council stand at the trade fair centre to familiarise themselves with what the town has to offer.

He assured tourists and travellers that they should not fear Ebola during the trade fair, since all measures have been put in place to detect those infected with the virus.

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s northern branch chairman, Thomas Iindji, said the hospitality industry is key to economic development and a high demand for accommodation facilities during the trade fair is a sign for good business.

“This is really good for business if all accommodation facilities are fully booked, but if there are any tourists that are in dire need for accommodation, they can contact our offices, so that we show them other places,” said Iindji, adding that accommodation occupancy in the north stands at about 80%.

Source : The Namibian