The Banjul International Airport is expected to be busy as the 2016/17 Winter Tourism Season gets underway this week. The Airport is expected to receive at least thirty tourist flights on a weekly basis throughout the season.
This information was disclosed to pressmen by the Director General of The Gambia Tourism Board (GTBoard) on Monday at the Banjul International Airport.
Abdoullie Hydara stated that 2016/17 winter tourism season would be a remarkable success. “Thomas Cook UK will increase from five times a week to nine times a week and Gambia Experience will also make three to four times and with other flights, in total 30 flights is to land in Destination Gambia every week,’’ he said.
He furthermore, noted that by the time the season advances to November, December and January, there is hope that more new flights coming in would increase the number of flights to The Gambia.
Like other tourism stakeholders, DG Hydara who is optimistic about the new season, described the arrival of the 180 Dutch tourists plus with the earlier received travel agents currently in the country as an unprecedented moment for the industry.
He, however, disclosed that in the industry, there are additional new products and the environment is more conducive that more people are aware of what needs to be done to make the country more competitive, describing Destination Gambia as a benchmark destination.
by Yunus S Saliu