Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Bidding Closes At Adventure Travel World Summit

Prospective Biders for the Cost benefit analysis consultancy of 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit are urged to submit their bids to the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N) no later than 13h00, on 25 January.

The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, is seeking to procure the services of an experienced consultancy to produce a cost and benefit analysis report for the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit 2013 (ATWS) to be held in Namibia from 26 to 31 October 2013. The study is intended to measure the economic impact of the summit prior, during and after its hosting.

The contract, which is valid for 15 months, starts in March 2013 and ends in May 2014. The consultant shall report to Millennium Challenge Account Namibia Manager: Tourism Marketing, but will liase closely with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism on all contract deliverables. The consultant will freely interact and forge a close working relationship with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Adventure Travel World Summit 2013 organising team to ensure optimal results.

Namibia was successful in being selected by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) as the host of the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit . The Adventure Travel World Summit is expected to draw 700 decision makers in the adventure travel industry, resulting in international exposure and awareness of Namibia as a viable adventure tourism destination. Ministry of Environment and Tourism expects the summit to stimulate economic growth, increase tourism revenue in the short and long term, and create more employment.

The summit will be held in the coastal town of Swakopmund, with pre and post-adventure tours around the country. The bidding for this summit was a public/private sector initiative and both sectors are committed to the successful hosting of the summit.

Millennium Challenge Account Namibia has provided support to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) by funds from an activity known as North American Destination Marketing (NADM) in the preparation of the bid to Adventure Travel Trade Association. The North American Destination Marketing consultant team will continue to assist the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Namibia Tourism Board with activities required for the hosting of the summit.

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