Gambia vies for tourism award against Tanzania, Egypt


Hydara, Director of Gambia Tourism Board

The Gambia Tourism Board has entered into a competition under the Destination category of Africa’s leading Tourist Board 2016 against Egyptian Tourist Authority and Tanzanian Tourism Board, Tanzanian national newspaper reported yesterday.

Daily News reported that the country has registered a total of 24 entries which have been nominated for the 23rd Annual World Travel (WTA) in an event planned to take place at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar on April 9.

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) said in a statement to the press in Dar es Salaam yesterday that winners in different categories will be announced in the dazzling red-carpet ceremony that would welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries across the regions.

Among the entries from Tanzania is the TTB which is competing under the Destination category of Africa’s leading Tourist Board 2016 against Egyptian Tourist Authority and Gambia Tourism Board.

Others are Namibia Tourism Board, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and Zanzibar Commission for Tourism, Ghana Tourism Authority, Kenya Tourism Board and Moroccan National Tourism Organization.

Entries from Tanzania and their categories are Julius Nyerere International Airport (Air category – Africa’s Leading Airport 2016), Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar Ports (Cruise Category – Africa’s Leading Cruise port 2016) Zanzibar (Destination category-Africa’s Leading beach destination 2016 and Africa’s Leading Destination 2016).

Among other entries are Mt Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater (Destination category-Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016), Serengeti National Park (Destination category – Africa’s Leading National Park 2016 and Tanzania Tourist Board (Destination category – Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2016).

According to the statement, with more than 1,500 African and Indian Ocean nominations now revealed, voting which started on February 1 is expected to be highly competitive until the February 29 deadline.

“This is always an exciting time of the year for World Travel Awards, as we unveil the nominees for the first Gala Ceremony of the year,” the statement quoted the World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke as saying.


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