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The travel and tourism sector in Namibia is expected to greatly benefit from the Qatar Airways global expansion programme.

Qatar Airways recently announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations including six new destinations in Africa.

As of July, the airliner will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft three times a week between Marrakech (Morocco) and Doha.

Four flights per week between Doha and Windhoek (Namibia) will begin on 28 September, while daily scheduled service to the Seychelles will resume on 12 December.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, also announced that in January 2017, it will offer three flights per week from Doha to Douala (Cameroon) and Libreville (Gabon) utilising one aircraft.

Non-stop service, three times weekly from Doha to Lusaka (Zambia) will begin by summer 2017.

Namibia’s deputy minister for environment and tourism Tommy Nambahu told The Southern Times that the Qatar airways decision to have a direct flight from Doha to Windhoek will bring lots of benefit to the region and Namibia in particular in terms of marketing and increase in the numbers of Asians tourists to the region.

“This is indeed a good move and we can benefit a lot if we can have a direct fight from Asian countries to Windhoek whereby our visitors have to first stop in South Africa and leave some currencies that they supposed to spend in Namibia.

“With Qatar coming to Namibia and other airlines that approached us in the past for example Turkey airlines that are busy exploring the possibility of flying directly to Windhoek, we can turn Namibia into a connection hub that will connect tourists to other attraction destinations in the region and Africa at large such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Of cause we are not there yet but it is part of Namibia growth and investment strategy,” Nambahu said.

“We don’t see ourselves in isolation but as part of SADC region and our idea is to integrate with other countries for instance that emerging from conflicts such as Angola that have not developed their tourism sector that much. And since we have a daily flight to Angola, there might be Asian tourists who are eager to visit the tourism attractions in those countries”.

Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker made the announcements about the new routes during at the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel fair.

“Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers so that we remain their airline of choice. These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value. We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways,” said Al Baker in a statement issued by the airline.

Source: The Southern Times


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Friday, 11 July 2014 08:04

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This month, Travel Butlers has been cracking open the bubbly to celebrate 10 years in the safari business. A decade ago, this bespoke safari holiday specialist opened its virtual doors to sell unique, personalised wildlife adventures across Southern and East Africa. Now recognised as a leading African travel expert, it was awarded the prestigious SATOA best tour operator of the year award in both 2012 and 2013. In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the company is offering an amazing one-off special offer to make incredible safari holidays accessible to all.

This week, Managing Director Paul Campbell spoke about the personal and professional journey that he and his wife Tracey have had with Travel Butlers. “Eleven years ago, we set off on a career break adventure that turned our lives upside down. We were all set to travel the world and we spent several months in South America, but as soon as we arrived in South Africa, we were hooked.”

Before long, they had decided to build a company that could bring the best wildlife experiences of Southern Africa to the UK market. As Paul explains, “We knew that we wanted to be true leaders in our field, so we spent a year travelling throughout Southern Africa to discover the perfect locations and safari holidays to offer our customers. We even trained as professional safari guides, sleeping in a basic tent in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve for a month, and tracking animals on foot for hours each day. As you can probably tell, we don’t do things by halves!”

After setting up their website from Cape Town, Paul and Tracey sold their first trip to South Africa in November 2003. Since then, they have moved back to the UK and Travel Butlers has grown and expanded to cover the whole of Southern Africa as well as Kenya, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. The couple still travel at every opportunity to keep their expert safari knowledge current for their customers.


Paul and Tracey are both hugely grateful to their customers, without whom Travel Butlers wouldn’t be possible. So, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, they have come up with a special offer. Right now, Travel Butlers is offering wildlife lovers the chance to pay a deposit of only £100 per person to secure their safari holiday to South Africa or Namibia in 2014. The offer is valid for all new bookings confirmed between 12 November and 31 December 2013.

This £100 deposit per person (or equivalent amount in USD, EUR or ZAR) will secure the safari lodge, hotel bookings and transfers or hire car rental in South Africa or Namibia. The balance for the holiday will be due 8 weeks before travel. If customers wish to book international flights with Travel Butlers, these will need to be paid for in full at the time of booking. On top of all this, there is no surcharge for card payments of any kind.

Find out more at www.travelbutlers.com.


Paul and Tracey would like to thank everyone that has played a part in their Travel Butlers adventure so far, from agents to lodges to customers. They are both looking forward to bringing their amazing wildlife adventures to their customers for another decade.

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All the Namibia Track and Trails scheduled tours have a departure guarantee with a minimum of only two participants. Even when a tour is fully booked, the maximum size is 12 participants, ensuring excellent value and an intimate group atmosphere. The rate has been adjusted uniformly to one rate, so the price per participant is the same for small or larger groups. If your clients prefer a private departure of any of the existing tours, this can be requested with a minimum of four participants. Click here for an overview of all the Camping Safaris and for more info on Guided Accommodated safaris.

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