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Mr Pa Lamin Sarr, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smiling Coast Tours, a potential International tour operator, has disclosed to The Point his plans to bring his first group of tourists in July 2009. A product of the U
Speaking in an interview with our Tourism and Entertainment writer, Njie Baldeh recently, he explained that his aim is to bring the American market closer to The Gambia by bringing in American tourists and providing them with the experience of a lifetime. He however revealed that this will be done through organising packages of tours for Americans who wants to visit The Gambia by taking them to different places. This, he said, will also give them first hand knowledge of the country. "We hope to give tourists a real experience of the country by interacting directly with the local people so as to learn about our rich cultural heritage and way of life," he explained.
He said after attaining his Masters in Business Administration, with a concentration in Business Management, "I looked into different opportunities to see which was best for me. I eventually chose tourism, being our number one provider in terms of
According to Sarr, his company, being an International tour operator with partners in The Gambia, also plans to bring US students who may wish to earn credit for their adventure in The Gambia. Being a degree holder from the
"I feel it is my duty as a member of the Alumni of the UTG to give something back to it to help improve it to higher levels," he said. He also developed the possibility of bringing US University students, Professors and Teachers for various programmes. This, he believes, will also help the UTG in terms of technical assistance. US students can take the UTG curriculum to their professors and work with them design a highly individualised course of independent study in the fields of Business Management, Humanities, Science, Medicine, Conservation, Community Development or any other related course.
The other aspect of volunteering, according to Mr Sarr, is a product augmentation strategy he intends to use to play his role in the socio-economic development of the country. "I will be working with International donors and philanthropists who wish to come The Gambia and provide assistance to the citizens in any aspect of life," he said.
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