deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has
challenged the board of directors and management of The Gambia Toursim and
Hospitality Institute to build on their successes and achievements registered.
Sutay Jawo, made this remarks in his keynote address at the first-ever graduation ceremony of The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute annex in Janjangbureh, which saw the graduation of sixty students, who successful underwent different courses to earn them certificate in hospitality foundation level 1 at GTHI annex in Janjanbureh.
He noted that the institute’s registered achievements are what government expects, further expressing optimism that more successes are achievable in the future.
He assured that the present government would continue to create an enabling environment and varied opportunities for young Gambians to contribute positively towards meeting the country’s desired goal of making The Gambia a leading tourism destination in the sub-region.
In line with the expectation, DPS Jawo maintained that, the strategic objective of MoTC among other things, is to increase tourism’s contribution to country’s GDP by 25% and increase the number of tourist arrival to half a million by the year 2021.
He lamented that the attainment of the strategic objective requires an improvement in both tourism infrastructure and service delivery capacity and standards.
DPS Jawo reminded the graduating class that as new entrants into the tourism industry, they are now entrusted with the challenge of upholding, sustaining, and improving upon the good industry standards that the country envisages as a leading tourism and hospitality destination.
He commended the efforts that have gone into establishing and operation of The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute in CRR and thanked ITC through YEP and by extension the EU for this great partnership and support.
He advised the graduating class to be focused, respect authority and dedicated to work as it is their lifetime asset.
Seraphine Wakana, UN Resident Coordinator, equally congratulated the graduating students for their achievements. She reminded them that they are making history been the first students to ever graduated from the GTHI training in up-country.
As community of tourism is concerned, Wakana maintained that they are at the forefront of the game as bringing tourism up country to encourage tourists to visit and appreciate what The Gambia has to offer away from its well-known beaches.
The UN Resident Coordinator went further to dilate on the importance and opportunities of tourism in The Gambia to the new graduates and other stakeholders.
She noted that the government and partners like YEP, the EU and the UN as a whole can only help to create the right environment for them to succeed while the government’s national Development Plan and the trainings offered with the support of ITC, EU and GTHI is one step forward.
“But beyond that it is in your hands, how far you go in taking a leading role in developing yourselves and your country depends on your attitude and your hard work.”
Daouda Niang, Director General GTHI, Raymond Mouser Project Coordinator YEP and Saikou Jobe representative of the CRR governor, expressed similar sentiments.