Feb 3, 2009, 4:46 AM
The first batch of tourists from
Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and tour operators on Friday gathered at the Atlantic Hotel in
According to the officials, the arrival of the tourists from
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Culture during the welcoming ceremony, Fatou Biyaye, acting director of Tourism, thanked the first batch of tourists from Poland for choosing to visit the country, adding that they are highly welcomed in this country.
She said the
“We are happy to have you in our country; we invite you to enjoy the sun, the nice beaches, as well as the atmosphere in the country,” she said.
The tourism director further stated that her department is making all efforts to create new products, just to make tourists enjoy their stay in this country.
Ms Biyaye added that the Ministry of Tourism is working hand in hand with the Ministry of Interior to make sure that there is peace and security within the Tourism Development Area at all times.
She noted that the way the tourist season has started this year means there is a lot of hope.
According to her, the tourism security unit is working 24 hours to make sure that tourists coming to The Gambia are safe, as well as the Gambians working within the tourism area.
She announced that tourism is contributing 12 percent to the GDP, adding that the industry is the leading foreign exchange earner for the country.
Ms Biyaye also stated that in the 2008 budget, investment in tourism was D1.2 billion, and is on the increase, and this is different from the foreign exchange earned.
Lt Bubacarr Bah, commanding officer of the tourism security unit, thanked this first batch of tourists from
Andrzej Uznanski, head of the team, thanked the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Alkamba Travel and
He said that now people from
He appealed for there to be a Gambian ambassador resident in
“We hope to come back in the
Other speakers during the ceremony included Saikouba Sisay, president and CEO of Alkamba Travel and