Feb 3, 2012, 2:40 PM
The new Secretary of State (SoS) faces a lot of challenges as far as the Tourism sector is concerned.
1.She has to familiarise herself with the Tourism master plan studies in order to prepare a new road map for the development and advancement of Tourism in The Gambia.
2.To look into the possibility of having year-round tourism rather than the seasonal tourism, which has been with us for a long time.
3.To look into the possibility of encouraging regional tourism. Also the most important challenge is to look into air access in order to bring more arrivals and attract an upmarket client.
4.Government should look into the various Taxes and levies imposed on hotels and related services, which we consider to be a hindrance to growth.
Government needs to improve on the infrastructure across the board, like roads and telecoms etc.
To look into the farming aspect, particularly the production of vegetables used in the hotel business. We should encourage the cultivation of more vegetables and dairy products to empower our farmers especially our women farmers.
Finally, the labour department should
ensure that hotels are encouraged to invest in their employees with a view to
giving them good incentives and training them to improve their capacities.The new