Gambia: 1st Tourist Flight Arrives With 136 Passengers

Following a two year tourism suspension globally as a result of Covid-19, tourism in The Gambia has now started as the country receives its first tourist flight for the 2021-2022 winter season on Friday – the Gambia Experience – being the first flight from the UK onboard 136 passengers.

The aircraft upon arrival was received by officials from The Gambia Tourism Board, as well as other tourism stakeholders in the country.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the landing of the aircraft, Abubacarr Camara, director general, Gambia Tourism Board (GTB) who deputised the minister of Tourism and Culture, said this year’s tourist season shows a good sign, as we receive the Gambia Experience from UK bringing this number of passengers.

He said for the past two years, “we would not expecting these arrivals, but today is an important day, which is the arrival of the first flight.”

“When you talk about tourism, it has to go with quality facilities, and as a result of that, majority of the hotels have been ready for accommodation, because after two years of closure, they needed some form of support to be able to renovate their facilities.

DG Camara told journalists that the UK is a very important market, adding they are also working with other source markets like the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium etc to make sure that they penetrate destination Gambia.

We have also been working with other stakeholders to make sure that what we called mandatory protocol with the support of the Ministry of Health and WHO to have a printed protocol to guide all tourists to abide by.