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Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism

The Gambia is a leader in Sustainable Tourism ventures and can proudly boast of being the second country in the world to develop a Responsible Tourism Policy. Our position as a leader in Responsible Tourism is demonstrated in the number of global awards won by various individuals and organizations. There are shining best practices of Responsible Tourism interventions in The Gambia such as enabling social inclusion, interactive decision, and empowerment of small enterprises in tourism.

Award Winning Eco Lodges & Associations

Makasutu Culture Forest Sunday Times Best Eco Lodge Award 2008

Footsteps Eco Lodge is a small Gambian accommodation situated in Gunjur, in the bush and by the beach, where you will find hundreds of birds and some of the most stunning scenery in Gambia, while providing you with a home away from home experience.


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A match made in heaven, between a British couple (Gamspirit) and the community of Kartong. This is a truly responsible tourism project summarized below:

An MOU has been signed where:

> The Sandele Development are on land owned by the people of kartong

> At the end of 25 year period, the Eco-lodge will revert to the people of kartong

> At least 70% of all Gamspirit employees will be from the community

Finally, a portion of the profits will be donated to the village development projects

We wish there are countless Sandeles in The Gambia! For further details on it′s truly nature looking please visit:

Responsible Tourism Policy

A Responsible Tourism Policy has been prepared by the Responsible Tourism Partnership and has been produced and agreed through a multi-stakeholder process

Tourism is important in The Gambia. The government’s policy is to promote tourism and its contribution to economic growth. Our objective is to increase the contribution of tourism to our economy and to raise the living standards of Gambians. The government is continuing its efforts to broaden the tourism market, improve quality standards, and ensure rational use of the Tourism Development Area. Read the Policy here

GTBoard/UNICEF Code of Conduct towards Children

The Gambia Tourism Board is committed to the safety of children and has formulated a Code of Conduct with UNICEF which can be read here.