Gambia’s tourism season is set to begin in October but fear has gripped the industry since Thomas Cook, one of the leading airlines and tour operators in the world, announced Sunday it would cease operations due to bankruptcy.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has informed that Thomas Cook Group has ceased trading with immediate effect, with all flights and holidays cancelled around the world, including Gambia.
The tourism sector contributes about 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to Gambia’s tourism ministry, the highest arrival of tourists on record was in December 2018 when it recorded over 219,000 international tourists. Over 50 percent of tourists came from the United Kingdom on Thomas Cook flights, while the rest came from other parts of Europe, including Scandinavia.