The Blue Whale Boutique Hotel opened on August 19 in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Speaking at the official opening, Mayor of Walvis Bay, Immanuel Wilfred, said the hotel’s opening was testimony that the tourism industry was booming and that Walvis Bay was rapidly becoming a destination of choice for local and foreign investors.

“During the past couple of years, we have witnessed Walvis Bay receiving various investments that have definitely put the town in a class of its own in terms of its economic contribution to Namibia’s GDP. Therefore, we welcome any type of investment,” said Wilfred.

The N$25 million (US$1.6m) hotel has 19 rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar facilities.

Wilfred added that investments such as this hotel not only created jobs but also opportunities for local businesses to supply products and services.

“Hence, I want to encourage sound employee relations in order to maintain employee satisfaction, which will result in excellent customer service. Customer service is the backbone of the hospitality industry. To those that are now employed here, I urge you to hold the Namibian flag up high, by doing what we are best known for – showing friendliness, and kindness to visitors at all times.”