Khawa Blossoms

| May 19, 2015

Back in the days very little was known about the village of Khawa but nowadays the otherwise sleepy village of less than 500 residents is well known all over the country and even across the borders thanks to the annual Khawa dune challenge.

In an interview, acting director investment promotion at Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), Tafa Tafa said the event which started in 2012 keeps growing in leaps and bounds every year.

He said this was shown by the numbers of spectators which keeps on growing yearly, pointing out that when the event started they recorded around 1500 spectators and barely three years later had they witnessed an influx of spectators as they rose to a record 3500.

Tafa said these numbers contribute immensely to small businesses and domestic tourism, pointing out that residents benefit from temporary job opportunities during the event.

“We have hired 30 casual labourers for the duration we will be here and other service providers also keep on hiring casuals.”

He pointed out that the Trust has recently been allocated a campsite plot and they have asked for a temporary permit so that the VDC and the Trust utilize it to the tune of P20 500 for five days, while exhibition stalls goes for P5000 and vendor stalls at P150.

“All the proceeds are intended to help residents develop the campsite so that they can be able to utilize it all year round without having to wait for the event, adding that revenue from Bikers will go to VDC.”

He said last year they registered 47 bikers and the popularity continues to grow.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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