Jun 26, 2020, 11:59 AM
The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), under its Human Resources Department yesterday organised a day long orientation seminar for its senior managers across the country.
Senegambia strip is the heart of tourism development area harboured by Bertil Harding highway. It had no dull moment until the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic spreading like harmattan fire worldwide.
Senegambia strip is a small New York or London for first time visitors of the area; full of life, excitement especially the beach sides, while it is a planet of gold at night where one meets and makes friends with different tourists and holidaymakers in the Smiling Coast of Africa.
In Destination Gambia, it is an ideal place of leisure where one enjoys not only the sea, sand and sun but The Gambia as a whole when it comes to meeting the smiling people, good business partners and socialising among others.
Following the recommendation of the health experts committee concerning the spread of the covid-19, for the first time, the area started experiencing dull moments as government of The Gambia, like other countries worldwide, suspended flights from 13 (thirteen) countries from entering the destination amid the pandemic.
In addition to that, individuals traveling from another 47 (forty-seven) countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas to The Gambia are to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 (fourteen) days, a recommendation which is still in force, as the pandemic continues.
Coronavirus pandemic is not just having impact only on Senegambia area in the country. It is really dealing with tourism which is an intermediary between all the economic sectors.
The impact on hotels, aviation, culture, hospitality institute, sites, creative and entertainment among others in tourism travel and culture industry is enormous.
The big question is how will The Gambia tourism and culture industry overcome the impact when coronavirus pandemic finally becomes history, which is still far from ending.
Meanwhile, an extract from a report commissioned by the Gambia Hotel Association (GHA) and Travels and Tourism Association of the Gambia (TTAG) conducted by Sheikh Tejan Nyang and Kebba Njie, it is disclosed that “hotels, tour operators, restaurants, airlines, suppliers and employees are just a few of the hardest hit that suffer the most immediate repercussions, as the outbreak is occurring during the winter, the busiest travel season.”
Scores of commercial drivers and roadside vendors along the Westfield Junction and its satellite areas have sulkily complained over the open gutters beside the road.
Awa Minteh, the first defence witness in the murder case involving Yankuba Touray, recently revealed before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul under cross-examination that she learnt that Ousman Koro Ceesay was killed in his car. This followed the question that Koro was killed in the residence of the accused.