It was a spectacular moment as The Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard) led by its Director General received the Corendon Airlines Flight carrying 180 tourists at the Banjul International Airport on Monday.
The Corendon Airlines flight, which landed at the Airport at exactly 11.30am, was the maiden flight for the 2016/17 winter tourist season, marking the beginning of this year’s season.
Corendon Airlines joined The Gambia market in 2012 and began inaugural flights from Amsterdam to Destination Gambia in September, one month before the commencement of the 2012/13 season. Since then, the Airline has been one of the most consistence carriers to the country.
Speaking to pressmen at the Banjul International Airport, Abdoullie Hydara the Director General of GTBoard applauded the management of the Airline and its representative in The Gambia for a job well done. He stated that the new season in The Gambia would be a good one compared to the past, especially the previous past two seasons.
He confirmed that the maiden flight carried 180 Dutch tourists and by the middle of the month the Corendon Airlines will increase its number of flights to the destination to three and by the middle of November it would be increased to four flights per week.
The Director General expressed appreciation to the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia who he said has created the enabling and conducive environment without which there would be no tourism. He extended gratitude to the Minister of Tourism and Culture and the entire tourism fraternity for their support to the industry.
Adama Njie, Director of Marketing – GTBoard, welcomed the tourists onboard Corendon Airlines to the Smiling Coast of Africa. He urged them to explore the country to the best as Destination Gambia is a home of hospitality where everyone smiles at you.
Captain Manneh, Commander Tourism Security Unit assured the tourists of maximum security, while using the opportunity to send an early warning to the ‘bumsters’ to stay off the Tourism Development Area.
The new tourists were welcomed to the Smiling Coast of Africa with different cultural performances conducted by various Gambian cultural groups.
by Yunus S Saliu