By Ousman A. Marong
The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Honourable Hamat Bah has that his Ministry is going to work hand in glove with the National Centre for Arts and Culture to make sure that the copyright laws are fully implemented in the country.
According to him, no Senegalese musicians will ever come to the Gambia to perform for free of charge.
“All the Gambian Radio stations including online TVs; online Radios and Newspapers will all start to promote our Gambian music in their platforms,” he remarked.
Minister Bah made this pronouncement on Saturday at the Gambia Hotel Training School in Kanifing during a press briefing organised by his ministry’s in which he highlighted his achievements within the past 3 years.
“No Senegalese musician would ever perform in our country for free; they must pay even whereas they are called by government institutions to perform,” he stressed. He revealed that his Ministry has remarkably improved in the area of communication.
Tourism Minister Bah observed that it would not be easy for a country like The Gambia to flourish in the tourism sector, adding that factors contributing to it are that we have undergone through dictatorship for over 22 years.
“The first thing we did since we took over office, was to come up with an assessment report involving stakeholders in the tourism sector,” he disclosed.
He said in the era of today’s tourism ‘standard and quality’ cannot be compromised, while emphasising that tourism carries 10 percent of the world’s GDP and also contributes 10 percent of the entire work force in the whole world.
“The Gambia registered a drastic increase in numbers of tourists coming into the country, especially in the 2018/2019 season, which contributed a lot to the country’s economy,“ he revealed.
Minister Bah disclosed that between 162,000 to 209,000, tourists have arrived in the country for this year’s season.
The minister however cautioned the securities at the airport to stop harassing tourists and semesters by forcing them to pay money at the airport or their mobile phones be taken upon arrival.