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Posted - 21 Feb 2012 :  09:51:08  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
Advances in Tourism:
Livelihoods and Tourism Symposium,
Kombo Beach Hotel,
The Gambia, April 18th.-22nd. 2012

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism West Africa and the University of The Gambia in collaboration with the Ministries of Tourism and Culture and Higher Education invite you to attend a Livelihoods and Tourism Symposium in The Gambia with Professor Harold Goodwin from Leeds Met University. This is one of a series of international symposiums on tourism, local economic development and livelihoods being held in preparation for the International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations planned for Brazil in May 2012.

The Gambia Symposium, or high level workshop, will bring together policy makers, development partners, practitioners and academics to share what has been learnt over the last 15 years in The Gambia about how tourism can be used to benefit local communities.

Like Kerala in India, The Gambia has been an important laboratory for Responsible Tourism. There is a wide range of initiatives to learn from and you can expect to hear about the successes and the failures, the challenges and the surprises and you will meet with those who took the initiatives, the people they worked with and the beneficiaries. You will get the whole story; only in this way can we learn about how to harness tourism to benefit local communities. The symposium will place under the microscope:

1. Initiatives to benefit craft workers & sellers and self-employed guides
2. Agricultural supply chain linkages and the Gambia is Good (GiG) initiative
3. Cultural Heritage activities and festivals
4. ASSET a trade association for small scale enterprises in tourism
5. Interventions to reduce hassle and increase earnings in craft markets (Senegambia and Kotu) and villages (Jufureh)
6. Building multi-stakeholder partnerships: The Responsible Tourism Partnership

Please go to the following link to hear your invitation from Adama Bah, Secretary General of ICRT West Africa, to come to The Gambia to participate in the symposium:

Adama Bah.
Secretary General, ICRT-WA

Symposium Registration Fees:

  • Msc RTD Gambia Students US$ 50

  • National Participants US$ 75

  • International Participants: US$ 150

We have negotiated discounted Rates for Participants with the following hotels:
1. Kombo Beach Hotel
Standard single excluding Air Condition incl. Breakfast $30 per night
Standard single with AC & Breakfast $ 40 per night
Standard double excl AC incl Breakfast $35 per night
Standard double incl AC incl Breakfast $45 per night
2. Safari Garden
All rooms without A/C but with fan
Single $ 25
Double: $ 30
All rooms with Air condition, TV and Wifi
Single US $ 50
Double US$ 70

You can book by sending Email to the following:
Adama Bah, ICRT-WA Secretary General Tel: +220-9917343
Mr. Kaliba Senghore, ICRT-WA Industry Liaison Officer, Tel: +220-9969400

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Posted - 21 Feb 2012 :  18:23:03  Show Profile
Thats good news Momodou with an international attendence and its recomendations and conclusions maybe the GTA and or the minister for tourisum in Gambia will this time sit up and not only take notice But take action

The meeting held last year with the Gta, Minister of tourisum and all the stake holders in Gambia I think was disapointing in so much as no conclusions or recommendations were reported in the press and from what I see nothing happend So for the sake of the people in Gambia this time hopefully it will be different Also that it is reported of what the offials in Gambia bring away from this meeting and what they are going to do

I know I keep harping on But its simple make Gambia a more interesting place to visit and every body benifits

Edited by - snuggels on 21 Feb 2012 18:26:13
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Posted - 25 Feb 2012 :  12:16:35  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message

One man has the same views as you snuggles :

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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