F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton chooses Africa for summer break: Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was spotted in Namibia on Tuesday afternoon after Formula 1 took a few days off for a Summer break.
Hamilton landed in Namibia and then took another chartered flight to Sossusvlei one of the most beautiful salt pans in Namibia. He is off for a vacation after a struggling first half of the season for the Mercedes driver.
Sossusvlei is a perfect specimen of Nambia’s unspoiled desert beauty. It is a salt and clay pan situated in the largest conservation area in Africa, the Namib-Naukluft National Park. This photogenic area is famous for its large, red sand dunes, which are some of the tallest sand dunes in the world, and is one of Namibia’s most visited attractions.
Tourism picks up: International tourism continues to show signs of a strong and steady recovery from the impact of the pandemic despite significant mounting economic and geopolitical challenges.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism saw a strong rebound in the first five months of 2022, with almost 250 million international arrivals recorded. This compares to 77 million arrivals from January to May 2021 and means that the sector has recovered almost half (46%) of pre-pandemic 2019 levels.
Africa has registered a growth of 51% in early 2022 compared to 2021, though numbers are still way below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.