A2 Travel & Tourism - Case Study: Gambia

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Here are some key notes I made when watching a video on the impacts of tourism in Gambia, West Africa:

  • tourists say they feel as though they are treated like royalty
  • common sight is to see children selling food on the beach to make some small income
  • it is one of the smallest and poorest countries
  • only has a short history as a nation state
  • used to be a British colony and owned by their power until 1965
  • more than 130,000 visitors a year
  • attracted mainly by the climate
  • economic benefits - jobs in hotels and restaurants, working for taxi services
  • tourism is still the main source of income although there is farming and fishing
  • the only food they can afford to export is peanuts
  • tourists are not aware of customs, for example respecting dress codes
  • crime such as muggings occur from only a minority of the locals but this is a disadvantage as it puts tourists off visiting certain areas - mainly occurs along the beaches
  • in an attempt to stop crime, they are recruiting and giving them  work such as becoming tour guides
  • most people come on package trips organised by tour operators - flights and accommodation…

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