Tourism Ministry holds retreat to harmonise policies

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture has recently organised a three-day retreat to harmonise policies in line with the national development programmes.

The retreat, which brought together the three satellite institutions under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, was held at Tendaba, in Kaing, LRR.

Speaking at the opening of the retreat, the minister of Tourism and Culture, Hamat Bah, said the purpose of the retreat was to harmonise national policies for 2018.

Minister Bah noted that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has been going through a lot of transformation and indeed with a lot of new policies and programmes that are aimed at bringing over five hundred tourists in the next four to five years.

It was also to make sure that they have enough hotels to accommodate all those who have the desire to come and visit the country.

“It is therefore important that we came together as a unit and look at our strategic plans and programmes to align them with the national development programmes,” he noted.

According to the minister, the national development programmes were very specific in most areas in terms of increasing the numbers, in terms of developing a new cultural policy as well as to increase to a higher standard, quality of graduates from The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute.

Dawda Nyang, the director general of The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI), said their presentation was centered on three strategy objectives of achieving excellent academics at The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute.

He said one could not develop a tourism product if one doesn’t have the adequate human capacity.

Mr. Nyang added that their plan was to make sure that in the next four years, the GTHI would train the industry at home as well as the students to be able to work anywhere in the world.

Baba Ceesay, the director general of NCAC, said their presentation was basically about the national development plan and their action plan for the coming year.

The NCAC boss said the budget for this year has to take into account the provision of the national development plan, adding that this was a good initiative and was the first time they had such retreat as a ministry and it satellite institutions.

Abdoulie Hydra, the director general of The Gambia Tourism Board, in his remarks, said this was the first retreat of its kind that the ministry has organised.

 He said the forum brought a very fruitful discussion in terms of the way forward, the strategy and the restructuring of their marketing aimed at ensuring that The Gambia is among the countries that are benefiting in terms of number of tourist arrivals.

Author: Njie Baldeh