Tourism and Culture Minister Hamat N.K. Bah has made it clear that his Ministry will not tolerate or compromise with below standard facilities wherever it might be located in the country.
The Minister sent out this ‘no compromise’ message on Wednesday to every stakeholder and accommodation owners during his visit to Root Camp in Juffureh, a part of his ongoing tourism facilities tour.
He reminded the manager of the camp whose lodge would not be licensed until the required criteria are met by the proprietor that “standard is key, we cannot compromise that, this (Root Camp) is one of the places you can use to get your resources.”
The minister advised the management of the camp to rehabilitate or knock it down and start with few and standard rooms.
He further encouraged the management of the camp to work with the Gambia Tourism Board, Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute to enable them see how they can assist and make the place sellable “because the heritage site in the place has gone beyond Juffureh or Kunta Kinteh Island itself as it is internationally recognised.”
Therefore, he added, there is need to put standard facilities in this area (Juffureh, Kunta Kinteh Island and related areas) to attract spending guests and make a big difference in the lives of people who live there and also government.