Gondwana Collection Namibia is upbeat about tourism recovery post-COVID-19, and remains committed to its guests, staff, the local community and the environment.
At Namibia’s present Stage 2 of lockdown, guests have the option of staying at the Gondwana campsites or in the well-equipped Camping2Go tented accommodation. As restrictions ease – possibly from June 2 – the lodges will gradually reopen.
When this happens, loyalty card holders from Namibia and SADC can expect to receive their regular discounts on accommodation, breakfasts, dinners and activities. “This is not a once-off special, but a permanent gesture to our loyal Namibian and regional guests,” said CEO of Gondwana Collection Namibia, Gys Joubert.
He said the company continued to engage with travellers and that Gondwana would also continue its collaboration with the Namibian Tourism Board on the ‘Namibia is waiting for you’ initiative. The Gondwana video-clip ‘Namibia – a land of Dreams’, which recently aired, has already reached half a million people worldwide.
The Gondwana Training Academy continues to run regular training courses for all its employees, using this time productively and investing in the Gondwana family.
“We are fully aware that this crisis will not be over soon and our world will probably never be the same again, but we choose to be positive and creative at this time, without denying the harsh reality,” said Joubert.
The Gondwana Collection is currently in a stable financial position, and is confident that all current employees can be sustained for the foreseeable future.
He said the company had been able to honour all commitments, including the Gondwana Care Trust, which offers food programmes in kindergartens, children’s homes and senior citizen homes.
Gondwana has also been upholding the contractual agreements with the conservancies where it operates, contributing to the conservancies’ ability to maintain basic social and environmental conservation.
“The Gondwana Collection Namibia is well prepared for the time post COVID-19 when tourism will be different and visitors will seek a deeper, richer experience,” said Joubert.