The overall performance of the tourism hospitality sector for 2020 reached a mere 16,08% of total capacity for the year, compared to levels of between 53 % in 2019 and almost 57% in 2017. With a benchmark figure of between 42-45% occupancy needed to break even in terms of operational costs to run a tourism business, the figure clearly indicates that the Namibian tourism industry is in a very precarious state financially and the continued limitations and restrictions on international and regional travel aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus are virtually strangling the tourism sector. Gitta Paetzold, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospitality Association of Namibia however told Future Media News that while they remain concerned all hope it not yet lost.
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