Gambia experiences more visitors through brisk tourism activities

Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017

indexLast evening, a brisk business related to Gambia’s tourism industry as a second batch of more than 176 Dutch tourists came in the country, after a nine months political row in terms of elections caused panic exits by vacationers. They were on the newest forty tourist flights hoped in this year’s tourism season which started in October.


The Gambia is quite a well known tourist spot euphemistically dubbed the Smiling Coast.


The leisure industry is largely located in the Tourism Development Area or the TDA, about 20kms from the capital Banjul has been busy with different exciting tourist activities. This different trend started from January onward when a political situation initiated from a quarrel over the outcome of the December 2016 presidential election and left the tourism industry staggering.


Visitors from Britain and Scandinavia, especially, fled from the country to keep away from being caught up in a probable armed conflict.


The Dutch visitors were received on Monday evening at the Banjul International Airport by officials of The Gambia Tourism Board (GTB) and tour operators.


The Director General of the GTB, Abdoulie Hydara expalined this year’s season as hopeful considering the arrival numbers ever since the onset of the season earlier this month.


Around five flights are anticipated from Holland alone whereas two will appear from Belgium in the intervening few days.


According to him, “We would have about ten flights in a week” he added.


Earlier in October, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah welcomed the first tourist flight carrying 126 passengers.


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