From the heartfelt welcome at Kulala Desert Lodge to the mysterious late afternoon drive into the desert, delegates to Adventure Travel Trade Association World Summit (ATWS) 2013 immersed themselves in our Wilderness Namib Burning Man celebration which heralded the start of this year’s summit.
The iconic setting provided an exquisite backdrop for an evening encompassing quiet contemplation at sunset to a festive lantern-lit desert dinner later. Guests wrote down on a gunpowder-wrapped scroll something they wanted to be rid of and then blew it up in the roaring bonfire.
The rave reviews we have received for our event bode well for tourism in our remarkable country!
Our Wilderness Safaris Namibia team really must take a bow for their exceptional organisation and hosting of the ATWS delegates (approximately 700 people from the adventure travel industry worldwide) – from their Welcome to Namibia at Windhoek International Airport to the pre-summit adventures, the Day-of-Adventure and our Wilderness Safaris’ 30th Birthday Fundraising Celebration in Swakopmund to raise funds for Save the Rhino Trust and the Michelle McLean Foundation. The money raised is still being tallied from the many fun activities – including the ‘Taking Shots for Rhinos’ Jaegermeister Corner and sales of strips of coloured hair to the delegates who ‘Dyed for Rhinos’.
The feedback from the 74 delegates we directly hosted has been universally positive and energising – for them and our staff. Another 50 or so delegates visited our camps on independent itineraries and were equally motivated by their Wilderness Safaris experience.
We are incredibly grateful of all the support from our partners, colleagues and friends, especially Namibia Tracks & Trails, whose professionalism and huge efforts helped Namibia and Wilderness Safaris successfully host the 2013 ATWS.
Here’s to an excellent 2014 for Namibia!