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Tourism in the Gambia on the Increase

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Banjul - The Gambia’s tourism industry which saw a decline in the 90’s due to military rule, is now the country’s top foreign exchange earner.
 
According to the Gambia Bureau of Statistics, tourism accounts for 14 per cent of the country’s GDP, and employs over a 100, 000 people.

Tourism and Culture minister, Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie, says the ministry wants to increase the contribution of tourism to GDP to 25 per cent and record 500,000 annual tourist arrivals by 2020.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), sex tourism has also been on the increase here. A study revealed the country has a high rate of paedophilia.

A high-ranking source from the Tourist Guide Association, who did not want to be named, said a lot of poverty stricken parents see sex tourism as a way of making a living. (END//2013)

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