The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in collaboration with the Namibia Tourism Board, First National Bank and the British High Commission recently launched a Tourist Guide Registration information brochure, which aims to set out clear guiding definitions and establish a formal career path for tourist guides.
Digu Naobeb, CEO of Namibia Tourism, said in a statement that consultative workshops had taken place around the country and that the legal drafters had made their inputs. He said the regulations were currently on his table for scrutiny. He added that the NTB would run three workshops early in the next financial year to give feedback to the industry.
According to Kurt Schlenther, General Manager at Sossusvlei Lodge, it could take some time before regulation takes place. He said: “In the media it was reported that level 3 Tourist Guides could register with the NTB in Windhoek. This can only be done when the NTB has done the consultative workshops in Namibia after April this year. It looks to me that we are not yet ready in Namibia to register Tourist Guides in the near future.