May 28, 2015, 10:28 AM
Tourism contributes greatly to the country’s economy, especially as more hotels and restaurants continue to provide employment for Gambians and non-Gambians residing in the country.
One of these veritable sources is Safari Garden Hotel, located in the heart of Fajara, which has unquestionably made a name in the tourism industry.
Safari Garden Hotel, which strives hard to meet customer satisfaction, is a trendy outfit, where tourists and local people get pocket-friendly rates for services and cuisines offered them.
Speaking at the weekend in an interview with The Point Entertainment and tourism writer, Safari Garden Hotel General Manager James Gomez said he took over as manager of the hotel in November 2012.
“Since that time I have been working cooperatively with the staff,” he said, adding that Safari Garden Hotel is the place one can go to relax and have all the goodies of the hospitality industry.
It also provides sound ambience for people on education and business ventures.
According to Mr Gomez, the hotel organizes buffet every last Friday of the month as part of its entertainment offers for guests.
A fabulous one was done last Friday in consonance with the celebration of Good Friday, with special Gambian cuisines and desserts that meet optimal gastronomic needs.
There is also free use of the pool, whilst the Djambe drummers and dancers lit up the hotel with entertaining performance for both the tourists and local people.
All these went alongside the launching of a programme called IDEA, which is out to raise funds to sponsor the education of children and provide transport fare for them, especially needy ones.
This will help students to acquire higher education and create chances of employment for them in the private sector, Mr Gomez said.
“As we move on with the initiative then we have more ideas to talk about,” he added, saying his plan as general manager is to uplift the name and reputation of Safari Garden Hotel as well as to help the needy and the community.
It is hard to be a general manager but one has to take the challenge, he notes.
Gomez also thanks the management of Safari Garden for trusting and giving him the responsibility of steering the affairs the hotel, saying he would do what is expected of him.