By Ramatoulie Jawo
Yusupha Dibba, Treasurer General, Tourist Guide Association (TGA) said they encounter a challenge at ferry crossing point whenever they are crossing with tourists and called for an ease of the challenge.
“We will want your committee to help us talk to the Gambia Tourism Board to look for an easy avenue for us to be using when crossing with tourists because the ferry crossing point is always stressful,” he said.
Dibba called for more government investment in the tourism sector to boost the sector, like other countries.
“We will lose a lot of tourists, if the government don’t invest in the tourism sector,” he said.
The TGA Treasurer General said whenever tourists come to the Gambia, most of them visit Fathala, a zoo in Senegal, where they pay a lot of money, which he said is not helping them at all.
“Most of the historical sides in the country are far away places like James Island. Time will come tourists will not have places to visit in the Gambia,” he added.
Dibba called on the government to protect the River Gambia saying, “it attracts a lot of tourists”.
The Tourist Guide Association are the licensed and trained tour guides who promote professionalism in the industry.
Association’s Treasurer General made the remarks before the National Assembly select committee tourism on Tuesday.