Feb 23, 2010, 1:06 PM
maiden flight of the TUI Benilux from Belgium with one hundred and eighty-eight
passengers on board last Friday landed at the Banjul International Airport.
The airbus Boeing 737-800 00-JAV, flew direct from Belgium to the destination. It landed at about 12:20pm local time. The tourists were received at the tarmac by The Gambia Tourism Board Director of Marketing, accompanied by officials of the tour operator among others.
Commenting on the arrival of the TUI Benilux maiden flight for the season, Adama Njie, Director of Marketing GTBoard said the season is still a promising one as two TUI Benilux flights – a maiden flight from Belgium and an ongoing flight from Holland landed in Banjul International Airport simultaneously on Friday.
With TUI frequency to The Gambia, he said TUI is one of the biggest tour operators in the world and “having two of the airbuses landed simultaneously in the destination from TUI brand indicates they have started successfully.”
The director of marketing added that his board is looking forward to more flights to the country as other maiden flights are on the list for this ongoing 2019 winter tourism season.
Concerning the previous delay tourists encountered at the immigration control during the arrival of Thomas Cook NE in the destination on Thursday, he assured the tour operators and visitors of smooth, good and quality service as everything is in control.
As a tourism destination, he said the Gambia tourism industry is very unique that all tourism stakeholders are working closely with tourism players because “tourism is classified as major sector of The Gambia economy.”
Since the collapse of Thomas Cook, he said the GTBoard and relevant authorities have come up with sustainability solution to entice more tourists/visitors and make The Gambia visa free which other countries in the region are now emulating the idea.
He added that government has given approval on the visa free based on the contribution of tourism to the GDP, foreign exchange of the country from tourism among other reasons.