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Safari Garden Hotel introduces new outfit to promote tourism

Dec 6, 2013, 10:45 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Safari Garden Hotel has introduced another new outfit called bantaba where guests will sit and relax themselves, as part of promoting Gambia’s tourism industry.

Speaking in an interview with The Point Tourism and Entertainment Lifestyle recently at the hotel, James Gomez, General Manager of Safari Garden Hotel, said the initiative is a new outfit for the hotel and is out to make guests sit under it and relax themselves.

“This is a culture and is what our forefathers used to do,” he said.

General Manager Gomez told this reporter that compared to last year, the country had fewer tourists.

“But we hope that as the season is moving we are expecting more tourists to come,” he said.

“We have upgraded our rooms and the entire hotel and this is due to the cooperation of all the staff in the hotel,” he noted.

On training, the General Manager added that his staff are well trained in customer care service delivery and are up to a standard to welcome more guests.

Besides that, he said, we have other trainings from NTA, and the hotel schools and we do accommodate a lot of training during the season because we feel that this is one of the ways we can help the staff to do their work effectively.

“In catering, we are inviting organizations to have their programmes here and none residents are also invited to use the pool with a reasonable cost,” he added.

He said most of the tourists who come to Safari Garden Hotel come from the UK, Norway, Spain and other European countries.

General Manager Gomez noted that the Ministry of Tourism is doing well but they should improve the market strategy compared to other tourist destinations.

Safari Garden Hotel is a small hotel of 18 rooms with a bar and restaurant and is open for birthdays, parties, workshops and other functional ceremonies.