For the reason that Nineties, the Gambia has turn into a most well-liked vacation spot for European ladies searching for sexual pleasure with obtainable African ‘toy’ boys. It began when worldwide journey companies from the UK launched low-cost package deal excursions to this tiny West African nation. After greater than 30 years of receiving 1000’s of middle-aged ladies that arrived with this intercourse tourism intention, the Gambia authorities is uninterested in these UK ladies. Now, the previous Briitish colony is searching for to draw “high quality” guests as this tiny African nation works to alter its popularity as a intercourse tourism vacation spot.
“What we would like is high quality vacationers. Vacationers that come to benefit from the nation and the tradition, however not vacationers that come only for intercourse”, Abubacarr Camara, the director of the Gambia Tourism Board advised The Solar UK this month.
With excessive unemployment charges and low wages within the Gambia, which has a inhabitants of two.5million, a relationship with a rich Western mature lady is seen as a monetary alternative for these younger males.
Often called ‘bumsters’,- a time period used to explain impoverished younger Gambian males who goal Western women- they will have their relationships with mature girls organized on-line. Others scour the white-sand seashores on the lookout for older ladies who additionally come from Holland, Sweden and Germany to fulfill them. As The Solar reported, the ‘Senegambia strip’ close to the capital metropolis, Banjul, has turn into a hub for lonely British pensioners.
The Gambia authorities has sought to deal with the Gambia’s wildlife and cultural points of interest – the nation has over 300 species of tropical chook and two Unesco World Heritage websites – to spice up its ‘high quality’ tourism. Nonetheless, Lamin Fatty, nationwide coordinator on the Baby Safety Alliance, advised The Day by day Telegraph: ‘The Excessive Fee has proven some engagement. Nevertheless it’s not solely about engagement, we additionally want monetary and technical help.
This summer season, the Gambia’s vacationer officers have visited the UK. They met with British Airways and tour operators in a bid to extend flights between London and Banjul and appeal to youthful and wealthier vacationers who’re on the lookout for a higher-class winter vacation.
Tourism is the quickest rising sector within the Gambian economic system and accounts for round 20 per cent of GDP.