Namibian SMEs scoop top award
Hata Angu Cultural Tours was among the nine that were specially selected to exhibit on SMEs Compete’s cluster of stands at the Expo because of their focus on servicing Namibia’s hospitality and tourism sector. “Of the nine, four are part of the ‘Namibia Cultural Route’ branding developed by SMEs Compete. A fifth one, Ongwediva-based Etuna Bed & Breakfast, joined during the Expo. Etuna B & B owned by Ndaambe Nekwaya is the first northern based tourism SME to become part of the ‘Namibia Cultural Route’ grouping,” a Press release from SMEs Compete Namibia stated. And event organizer, Glenda Manthe-Grobler, described the Expo 2006 as a resounding success. The aim of the Expo was to create awareness about the tourism sector, and to accord the public an opportunity to experience what Namibia has to offer in terms of tourist attractions. Participation at this year’s Expo saw an increase to 10, 150 from 9,373 visitors last year. One of the directors of SMEs Compete Namibia, Danny Meyer, said other SMEs will be invited to join so that northern SMEs could also be helped to benefit from the international tourism boom. An excited Raymond Inichab, the other partner of Hata Angu collected the first prize, an honour shared with South African Airways. Hata Angu provides cultural and township tours for visitors to Swakopmund. Last December the firm entered the ‘adrenaline rush’ segment of the tourism market by adding a sand boarding facet to its activity. Inichab had a double celebration last week because his wife, Michelle Lewis, who is co-owner of Hata Angu, gave birth to a baby boy. SMEs Compete Namibia is a consultancy firm that provides income growth and employment creation support to the country’s small and medium enterprise (SME) sector. Hata Angu not only showcased their array of tours and sand boarding activity but also provided space on its stand for community partners with whom it works closely. This included a young artist, craft manufacturers and a musician.