Banjul Travel Agency on Saturday sensitised intended pilgrims ahead of their
journey to Mecca and the responsibility of the agency toward them at a meeting
held at Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
Ousman Jah, the chairman of the Hajj Commission said that the day was set to sensitise the pilgrims on their stay in Mecca. The journey is a religious journey, he said, reminding that it would not be easy and that it requires patience.
Jah stated that there have been changes made by the Saudi government for the 2018 Hajj, saying they have standardised their operations.
“The package for the Hajj is expensive, but it determines the value and services the pilgrims will have, he declared.
The general manger of the agency, Aji Yandeh Njie, thanked the would-be pilgrims for choosing their agency to Mecca. She recalled that the institution was setup in 1985 by Alh. Marie Tambadou and Alh. Modou Musa Njie. They made this possible when they came from Hajj, promising to help Gambians to undertake Hajj and to empower them.
She added that the total would-be pilgrims for this year is more than 300, with a first flight expected to leave on July 28, with 138 pilgrims and followed by another 138 on July 30, 2018.
“The agency has secured standard accommodation, two daily meals and transportation during their stay in Medina and Mecca.”
Chairman, board of directors, Sheriff M. Tambadou, commended the would-be pilgrims for choosing the agency, saying that it is their responsibility to offer them assistance during their stay in Mecca.