The minister of Tourism and Culture has described the one-day promotional tour of The Gambia by Corendon Airline, which is due to commence operations in the country next month, as 'a dream come true'.
Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie made this remark during a dinner party organised Wednesday night at the Kairaba Beach Hotel by her Ministry and the Gambia Tourism Board to honour the Corendon International Travel and team prior to their departure. She said that the introduction of the flight from a key European source market such as Holland, on the eve of the winter season, is indeed very symbolic and underscores the great aspiration to raise Gambian tourism to the highest levels, comparable to any internationally.
She said that this additional flight from Holland to The Gambia will no doubt contribute immensely towards the realisation of her Ministry's vision to increase tourist arrivals to the Smiling Coast and at the same time enable them to penetrate the Dutch market which is considered a very dependable and strategic source market for The Gambia.
She used the opportunity to make an earnest request to all Corendon customers onboard the flight on this promotional tour to share their Gambian experience with potential customers in Holland. "Spread the good news to all other stakeholders and various consumers with a view to attract more tourists from Holland," she urged.
She extended the request to all other high-profile guests who are part of the promotional flight including travel agents, call centre operators, incentive groups, journalists, diplomats and businessmen, urging them to serve as promoters and goodwill ambassadors of the Smiling Coast and spread the goodwill message about the unique hospitality of the destination and the wonderful products of the Smiling Coast.
The Tourism minister thanked President Jammeh for his dynamic leadership that has made The Gambia a haven for peace and hospitality, saying this is the sine qua non for tourism development. She expressed her special appreciation to the CEO of Corendon Airline and his representative for believing in Gambian tourism, and assured of her Ministry's support. She also thanked GTBoard, Discovery Tours and the media for their support.
Benjamin A Roberts, the director general of Gambia Tourism Board called for a greater collaboration and sacrifice from all and sundry to put efforts together since it is the only way to get more Corendons into the destination. He stressed that success takes commitment, dedication, teamwork, and rising above self-interest in recognition of the bigger picture, "which is the development of this dear nation of ours".
The assistant manager of Discovery Tours, Oumie Sise, expressed delight with the coming of the airline to The Gambia. She thanked everyone for their support in making the promotional tour a success and urged the representatives to spread the message of goodwill about their Gambian experience to their families, friends and relatives.
H J W Plusquin, the consul general of the Republic of The Gambia to The Netherlands (Holland), expressed appreciation for the inception of the airline in The Gambia. Prior to their departure, their non-governmental organisation called Corendon Foundation made some presentations to four schools namely; Tallinding and BrikamaLower Basic Schools, Sinchu Orphanage and Shelter for Children.