Having been manager of ATI’s sister company for about 10 years, (Rivendell Guesthouse) Erika has worked her way to being an expert in guest relations. In her own words : “I see myself as an introvert, very private person but love people and animals, very soft spoken(literally, I have a quiet voice)”.
How did you get into tourism
I was born into tourism, both my parents worked for the then “Natuurbewarings Ministerie”(Nature Conservation in the GRN before independence) They worked at Ai-Ais Resort and that’s where I grew up and started my first job with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and then moved over to NWR, worked with them for almost 8 years, then moved to the Windhoek and worked in a Hotel for 2 years then tried something outside the industry and it did not work, that where I found Rivendell and I was back in the Industry😊
Your must-have travel items
I haven’t travelled a lot, I have been to the Fish River Canyon and worked in the Namib Naukluft Park, Sesriem to be specific and it is breath-taking and a place I would visit over and over, especially Dead Vlei.
Why should people visit Namibia
Why should people NOT visit Namibia, this country is a visitors paradise, its just beautiful from top to bottom and complete different experience in every area
Your fondest client memory/ or a funny experience you’ve had working in tourism
My fondest client memory will always be the time I worked at Rivendell, I have met so many different people and connected with all of them on many many different ways and each connection was special and dear that I remember most of their faces and names and I believe they remember me as well( well I hope so). To tell them all that Rivendell will not exist anymore is so hard to do without tearing up.