This type of event is covered in the syllabus of the Hospitality and Tourism courses and the students were required to promote domestic tourism in their exhibitions. The one-day expo was open to the public, giving the students exposure and the necessary experience needed for the job market. The stalls portrayed Namibia’s tourist attractions such as the Etosha National Park, the Swakopmund sand dunes and Sossusvlei.
Hazel Milne, the Programme Coordinator of Eco Awards Namibia, opened the event and urged the students to maintain high standards of practice during and after their studies. “Eco Awards Namibia promotes exceptional standards of environmental care by rewarding companies for their conservation efforts. You must already start familiarising yourselves with these criteria at this stage for the benefit of our country,” Milne said.
Approximately 30 students participated in the exhibition. Petrina Haufiku, a lecturer at the Hotel School, said the students had exceeded her expectations. “Initially, this was just another class assignment, but the School decided to open it up to the public, which was a good decision. The students put in a lot of effort and I am extremely impressed,” Haufiku remarked.
With statistics indicating that more than a million tourists travel to Namibia every year, the tourism industry continues to be one of the biggest contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With its state-of-the-art facilities, the Hotel School aims to boost the industry by providing excellence in education, training, research and development.