Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) recently signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with CASA Africa and the Foundation Institute Cameral Para
La Creacion Desarrollo De La Empresa (INCYDE).
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the GTHI Office in Kanifing, Gambia’s Tourism and Culture Minister Hamat Bah said the new partnership will complement the Gambia’s tourism sector objective and the target of providing quality products, saying training and knowledge is important for a strong tourism industry.
Minister Bah noted that the signing was important because the tourism industry has become competitive in the world and 10 percent of the world GDP depends on it. “These are real statistics. Everyone is working towards getting the best out of the best because tourists today are only willing to pay less and enjoy more.”
Dawda Nyang, director general of GTHI said the signing of the MoU is another step in the right direction towards achieving some of the objectives the GTHI strategy plan, adding that their 2018-2021 strategic plan is also in line with the National Development Plan.
“One of the objectives of strategy play is to establish a working relationship with international institutions to exchange good practices in tourism and hospitality, and one area of collaboration in this agreement is to do with the development of a program to promote and support entrepreneurship in the tourism sector. “We at the GTHI are trying hard to change the mindset of our students.”
Francisco Collado Cortes, director of CASA Africa Foundation said CASA Africa is a Spanish institution targeting to build relation with African countries mainly in the Sub-Saharan region.
“We have a very close relationship with the world tourism organization and now we are very happy to be here because Gambia is a very important destination in Africa in terms of security.