Gambia’s new Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah, has welcomed tourists back to the West African country assuring them of continued peace and says Gambia is safer than any other tourist destination.
“As you are aware that all the hotels are 90 percent full before the political impasse and of course security matters a lot, tour operators decided to withdraw and tourists were repatriated because of the uncertainty at the level of the security plus the fear that was within the politics of The Gambia. ”The Minister said
Bah said the Ministry is taking steps to encourage tourists to return to the destination within the shortest period after the political impasse.
The West African nation relies on tourism; it gets an average of about 4,000 visitors a week during its peak month of January. However last month almost all foreign visitors had left within days, after the former President Jammeh refused to step down for the newly elected President Adama Barrow. But now that all is resolved, the country hopes to get back to its normal numbers or even higher.
Tourism generates 20 percent of the government’s revenue; this set back is a major blow to the economy.
“There is no country on Earth that is so peaceful,” said Abdoulie Hydara, director general of The Gambia’s tourism board