At last face to face, at the same table, in the same room instead of via internet! The joy was evident in all participants at the HTTF trade fair. BüllsPort owner Johanna Sauber travelled to Windhoek especially for the occasion. Besides BüllsPort’s home-baked biscuits, she also had some exciting news in her luggage.

Both were well received by the Namibian tour operators who visited BüllsPort’s stand at the Tourism Trade Forum of the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN). With a video and a PowerPoint presentation, Johanna Sauber and Marketing Manager Sven-Eric Stender gave them a good impression of the attractiveness of the Naukluft Mountains and the wide range of experiences on offer for guests.

New developments – from Rock Arch Tour to WiFi in the rooms

They also informed them about new developments. Such as the adventurous scenic drive on the edge of the Devil’s Gorge to the imposing and hardly known Bogenfels (Rock Arch) of the Naukluft (see under Experiences). The even more intensive training of the horses, from which horse and rider benefit (see our report). And the easy off-road trail on the slopes of the Naukluft mountains.

Or the further improved free WiFi, which is now also available in all rooms (see report). The fine-tuning of the sustainable operation of the lodge and campsites, which was rewarded by the EcoAwards Namibia with five out of five possible “desert flowers” (see report).

Not to forget the changeover at dinner: Instead of hosting the guests together at one big table as before, the food is served at separate tables. Just like in a lodge. Except that the BüllsPort hosts go from table to table and have a conversation with each guest who feels like it.

Full fair success for BüllsPort

In total, more than 20 tour operators and other partners in the industry visited the BüllsPort stand and took time for an in-depth discussion. Of course, they also wanted to refresh personal contact. So the two chairs at the table were occupied almost the whole time.

Besides BüllsPort, more than 140 lodges, guest farms, rest camps, resorts, guesthouses and hotels took part in the forum. The majority, however, were represented by accommodation groups and marketing associations. The Tourism Department of the City of Windhoek, tourism media and service providers as well as the airlines Qatar Airways and Westair/Fly Namibia also had a stand.

The hospitality industry association HAN has been organising the Tourism Trade Forum since 1999. In the last two years, however, HAN had to cancel the event because of the Corona crisis.

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