first tourist flight carrying 126 passengers had arrived in The Gambia on
Monday, as the new tourist season opens. Tourism officials said they received
confirmation that over 45 tourist flights would be coming this season.
The first flight was received by the Minister of Tourism and Culture Hamat Bah, director general of the Gambia Tourism Board, and other senior government officials.
Speaking to journalists, shortly after receiving the flight, Minister Bah said signs are that the new season “is promising for all Gambians”.
Abdoulie Hydara, director general of GTBoard, said this year, they are “very optimistic and hopefully” it is going to be “a season with a big difference,” because it is New Gambia and new things are coming up.
“We have now so far confirmed quite a number of bookings; the number of flights that are coming in this season is unprecedented. We have confirmed 46 flights and we hope that it may increase,” he said.
Leyan Sallah, tour operator with Corendon, said: “I am quite happy because it is like we are going to have a very good season this year.
“Everyday we receive bookings and Corendon would be flying three to four times per week to Banjul.”
Bakary Jammeh, board chairman of GTBoard, said Corendon would be flying to The Gambia until May 2018.
“This is a good sign and we look forward to a very good season,” he said.
Captain Bubacarr Bah, commander of the Tourism Security Unit, said as security personnel, they would do everything possible to give tourists a safe stay in The Gambia.
“The Tourism Security Unit has been doing a lot of preparations for the season and right now we are ready,” he said.