NAMIBIA: 2014 Top emerging travel destination

Kowas Hunting Safaris is proud to announce that Namibia has been crowned number one in the 2014 top 50 emerging travel destination.
Top Country: Namibia
The southern African country (obtained independence from South-Africa only during 1990) which it’s predicted will see a 9.1 per cent growth in tourism over the next 10 years, scooped first place when compared to other holiday hotspots in the world. This info compiled by Love Home Swap.
Statistics from the World Travel And Tourism Council was used to compile the list which predicts the projected annual growth of travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in each country, over the next ten years.
As well as already popular holiday destinations such as Croatia, Morocco, St Lucia and Thailand, the infographic includes less well-known countries.
Spokesman Ben Wosskow said: ‘These predictions clearly demonstrate how political and economic factors affect the travel industry.
‘Many developing countries are increasingly aware of the possibilities presented by tourism, and traditional holiday locations are set to face serious competition from new destinations over the next ten years.’
Read more:
Map of Namibia

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2014: WINNERS ANNOUNCED
At the end of 2013, the Wanderlust readers were asked to share their travel experiences. Questions were about travel destinations, with who, what equipment brands were used, and what the thought of them all were. The results are in!
In many categories, four entries were allowed (eg countries visited) and score each one on its merits. The final positions were based on an average score for the entry (converted to a percentage) – so the results are based on satisfaction rather than the number of votes. In categories where no percentage is shown (eg travel gear; TV shows) the results were simply based on number of votes cast.
Top Country: Namibia
Ranking %

1. Namibia 96.92%

2. New Zealand 96.36

2. Colombia 96.36

4. Myanmar/Burma 96.13

5. Ecuador 95.83

6. Tanzania 95.33

7. Japan 95.15
8. Chile 94.62
9. Scotland 94.17
10. Laos 93.19
We love Namibia, which last topped the table in 2011, and it seems that you’re just as taken with Africa’s great conservation success story. Rising from last year’s sixth place, it takes the top spot once again,
to be crowned Wanderlust Readers’ Top Country 2014.
Highlights include the mighty dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the twists and turns of Fish River Canyon (the world’s second-biggest gorge), and an astonishing array of wildlife. Home to the world’s largest population of both cheetahs and black rhinos, Namibia also offers whale-watching opportunities off Swakopmund and the chance of spotting desert elephants in Damaraland. Explore the German colonial town of Lüderitz and nearby Kolmanskop, an eerily deserted diamond-mining ghost town, for an insight into the country’s past.
Panoramic Namib desert and Atlantic ocean


Wanderlust’s co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Lyn Hughes, who visited in 2013, is in full agreement, “I’m not surprised Namibia has won. It offers great value, an excellent infrastructure and world-class adventures. On top of that, the people value the wildlife, and so it is the only country in the world with a growing population of rhinos, elephants and lions. They thoroughly deserve this award.”
Sossusvlei hot air balloon

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