Namibia to Host Adventure Travel World Summit in 2013

ATWS1.001 resized 600The Adventure Travel & Tourism Association announced today that it has chosen Namibia to be the site of its annual Adventure Travel World Summit in October 2013. 

Namibia is excited to welcome nearly 600 of the world's leading tour operators, travel agents, destination managers, outfitters, and media professionals for an engaging five days of networking and learning focused on adventure travel. 

The Summit will take place in Windhoek and Swakopmund, Namibia's adventure capital, including several opportunities for delegates to explore the country with pre- and post-Summit activities.

The Summit will be an opportunity to highlight Namibia's incredible adventure assets, such as biking, hiking, endurance racing and camping - as well as some more uniquely "Namibian" adventures activities such as dune skiing and sandboarding. The summit will also highlight Namibia's exceptional conservation record and its global leadership in promoting conservation through smart tourism.

When ATTA President Shannon Stowell visited Namibia in June of 2012, he stated:

Namibia offers one of the most compelling success stories in tourism today, one of joint venture tourism and partnerships between communal conservancies and tourism enterprises. Namibia’s model of conservancies, joint venture partnerships and conservation is a model that we should put on display. It’s a story that should be told. I’d previously heard the discussions, watched the films and I still didn’t understand it fully it until I came and saw it in action. Our delegates are sure to gain immense insights from their experiences in Namibia.

This will be the first time the summit has been hosted in Africa. Namibia is excited to show the adventure travel tribe the kind of hospitality and excitedment the continent is known for. 

Read the official statement from the Ministry of Environment and the Namibia Tourism Board here.

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