Gambia inks deal with Russia to boost tourism

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Gambia could become a new travel destination for tourists from Russia as it seeks cooperation with the eastern European country, according to officials of Gambia tourism Board.

The officials are currently in Moscow and have inked tourism agreement to promote Gambia as a tourist destination, the officials said in a statement last week.

“We see the potential of Russian tourists to the Gambia, and we believe that they will fully contribute to our tourism sector,” said the statement.

“A lot of factors are there: the country is rich in natural water ways that extend the entire length of the country, providing excellent opportunities for water sports, fishing and inland cruising,” it added.

Tourism have been an important sector in Gambia. Since 1965, when a party of 300 Swedish tourists visited Gambia, the tourism industry has grown tremendously, making the sector a major income earner. However, this is still a far cry from what the government wants to achieve.

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