Gambia bags 2019 tourism destination of the year award

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Gambia recently won the 2019 tourism destination of the year award at a recent Media and Tourism award gala organised by in Munich, Germany.

The ‘Smiling Coast’ was listed alongside other countries for this prestigious award. The ceremony which was attended by over 1500 guests included celebrities and was broadcast by 17 stations across Europe.

Receiving the award on behalf of The Gambia, Teneng Mba Jaiteh, Gambia’s ambassador to European Union, thanked the organisers for choosing The Gambia as a worthy destination.

Since the arrival of President Adama Barrow, according to an award-winning American newspaper, the country has become more accessible than ever before.

“The Gambia’s tourism industry was hit hard in 2017, when its longtime authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to cede power after his shocking election defeat, forcing a political standoff that brought foreign troops into the country. But with its new president, Adama Barrow, now safely in place, there’s a renewed sense of hope across continental Africa’s smallest country - now more accessible than ever.”

The New York Times further disclosed The Gambia is home to Africa’s longest-running center for rehabilitating chimpanzees into the wild.

Peregrine Adventures, a company built by Travelers for Travelers, recently launched its first cruise up the River Gambia, with a stop at Baboon Island, home to hippos, crocodiles and chimpanzees and Kunta Kinte Island to uncover the story of Kunta Kinteh.

The New York Times, which has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes -more than any other newspaper, is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U.S.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara