week-long capacity building designed for OIC member on Muslim-friendly Tourism
Standard on Monday began at a local hotel.
The training comes as The Gambia prepares to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit in 2022. It attracted participants from OIC member countries in the sub-region.
The training is designed to help destination Gambia in various components and to facilitate and exchange ideas in the development and marketing system.
In her welcoming address, Kodu Jabang, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, on behalf of the Minister, said the Ministry and its partner institutions will help to involve in the process of understanding and appreciating the requirement and the fundamental of this noble market, and going forward to send the message to satisfy them without hampering the convenient of non-Muslim countries.
“This has been demonstrated in our proceeding training programs mainly the COMMCE funding training. The objective of this training is to help the destination in various components and to facilitate and exchange ideas in the development and marketing system.”
PS Jabang indicated that the training is also meant to render tourism industry players and policy makers in the diversification of tourism development products and services and translate it into the tourism sector for daily tourism market.
For his part, Abdoulie Hydara, director general of The Gambia Tourism Board, said the training marks another significant milestone in their quest to improve tourism standards and quality service delivery as well as to enhance their cooperation within the OIC member countries.
Hydara while thanking all their stakeholders for the hard work and dedication, further acknowledged that the key to successful management of tourism invariably lies in the capacity of destination stakeholders.
“We are open for the partnership of this nature in complementing government efforts in its sustainable development in tourism collaboration with OIC member countries,” he added.