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We’re coming, The Gambia! Tourists ready to visit despite Ebola fears
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We’re coming, The Gambia! Tourists ready to visit despite Ebola fears

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, fears are growing that the deadly virus will spread beyond the affected countries.

Senegal is the latest country to be hit by Ebola. A 21-year-old Guinean man, who was on vacation, tested positive for the virus.

 

This recent development is a setback in The Gambia government’s effort to convince tour operators that the country is still a safe destination for tourists.

Tour operators like Ving, have already cancelled their flights to Banjul until mid-December. Thomas Cook and The Gambia Experience are closely monitoring the situation.

But despite fears of Ebola reaching The Gambia, large numbers of Europeans are planning to spend their winter break on the Smiling Coast.

Lorraine Boyle, living in England told What’s On-Gambia: “My moto is what will be will be. Also I will take extra precautions.”

She started visiting The Gambia since 2005, and is returning in January 2014. Lorraine described The Gambia as a beautiful country, where a huge number of people depend on tourism for their jobs.

Another British woman, Caroline Mechan said:  “I’m coming to Gambia 22nd November and flying with Thomas Cook, nothing will stop me coming as I’m very confident Ebola will not make its way over Gambian borders.”

There are no suspect cases of Ebola at present. The health authorities are doing everything possible to protect the borders. At the Banjul International Airport, travelers entering the country have to go through a temperature test, and also asked to sanitize their hands.

 

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