Gambia Seeks To Diversify Tourism Sector After Pandemic Doldrums
Muhammad Irfan Published December 22, 2021 | 05:10 PM
Banjul, Gambia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Dec, 2021 ) :On a beach outside a luxury hotel near Banjul, the sun loungers lie empty beneath the palm trees and straw parasols, and the waves roll in undisturbed by bathers.
"This is a typical Gambian beach," says Malleh Sallah, boss of the four-star 140-room Tamala Hotel, his arms outstretched.
Before the virus came, he says, the beach was full.
Today, just one Ivorian and a Dutch couple are there to contemplate the Atlantic. Away from the sand, there are more visitors in the restaurant and by the swimming pool.
Most tourists, attracted by long white beaches and its English-speaking population, have traditionally come from former colonial master Britain. The country pitches itself as "The Smiling Coast," for its welcoming people.