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Although initially announced for August 2014, the R230m Lüderitz Waterfront Project in Namibia is now expected to open at the end of 2015 or at the latest, in early 2016. This was confirmed by Bruno de Comarmond, marketing manager of the nearby four-star Nest Hotel. 

The Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company (LWDC) ceo, Fluksman Samuehl, remained tight-lipped about the progress of the new complex saying he would hold a press briefing later this year to reveal more information. 

Comarmond foresees that the new complex will be a major drawcard for tourism. He said the multimillion-rand project would see the old power station building, a National Heritage Monument located directly on Lüderitz Bay, being converted into Africa's largest Maritime Museum, as well as Namibia's most modern technical college.

 “The Maritime Museum Complex, when completed, will be yet another addition to the various maritime and desert activities and attractions already on offer, and unique to the historical and eccentric town of Lüderitz,” he says. 

Other tour operators are doubtful whether the new project will have a huge impact on tourism. Aulden Harlech-Jones, owner of the Cardboard Box Travel Shop, says although Lüderitz is one of his favourite places in Namibia, he doubts whether the new project will prove much of a draw card for international tourism. “The main reason they visit Namibia is not for shops and restaurants but rather for wilderness experiences.”

Aulden adds, however, that the development may provide a significant boost to regional (Southern African) and local tourist numbers visiting Lüderitz as the town may find itself better positioned to rival Swakopmund as a regional ‘holiday’ hotspot.

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