The Gambia is a popular and affordable winter destination attracting tourists in search of sun, sand, and cultural experience. It is only 6 hours away from major European destinations.
Tourism contributes about one-fifth of GDP in The Gambia. The country’s natural beauty and proximity to Europe has made it one of the larger markets for tourism in West Africa. The government is continuing its efforts to promote responsible tourism practice.
The Ministry is charged with overseeing, management and development of tourism and culture in The Gambia.
GTA was set up by an Act of the National Assembly in July 2001 as a statutory body to develop, regulate and promote the Tourism Industry in The Gambia in line with the National Vision 2020. It aims at developing The Gambia into a World Class tourist destination and business center.
The Gambia Tourism Board
Gambia Tourism Board was established by an Act of parliament in August of 2011. Its role is to implement the policy of tourism as conceived by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
National Council for Arts and Culture replaced National Centre for Arts and Culture through the NCAC Act of 2003. The vision of the NCAC is to integrate Gambia’s national cultural assets into the essential fabric of governing the country and to integrate cultural heritage into its development planning for the economic wellbeing of its people in the long-term.
Tourism in Gambia has been summarized to include the following;