January 2019

SIERRA LEONE ATTRACTS THE SPANISH – FITUR 2019

FITUR is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American and other markets. Therefore as the rebranding process continues, Sierra Leone is on a penetrative entry strategy for the Spanish markets using trade fairs like FITUR as a key tool, to re-write the Country’s narratives, by showcasing its tourism assets and demonstrate readiness for business as a nation.

From day one onto day five today, it has been more busy for the Minister of Tourism and team as they fully engaged in meaningful meetings, to establish viable networks with other key states Minister’s, tour operators, airliners, investors who gave their genuine opinions that indeed Sierra Leone is coming up strong as a new destination.

Since day one the booth has attracted a huge number of Spanish visitors, who expressed interest in the country and they see the need to visit our the destination. Frank Kohomme a Spanish traveler and operator, explains how Sierra Leone was in the 1980s when he did his honeymoon in Tokeh beach, that experience he said is never to be forgetting.

 

Sierra Leone stand is position in pavilion 6D, where we have: Maldives, Japan, Nepal, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti and many more.

This is Sierra Leone’s first appearance in the Spanish market, but so far the respect accorded, the attention and correct awareness created have gone a long way that will yield a future business dividend for the sector and the country generally.

Fruitful and meaningful meetings were attended to continue the message that Sierra Leone is safe, peaceful, stable and in business.

 

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China endorsed Sierra Leone Visa Free for Service and Diplomatic Passports holders

China endorsed Sierra Leone Visa Free for Service and Diplomatic Passports holders

What Does Visa-Free Travel Mean?

Clarity on visa free to Sierra Leone, this leverage is only enjoyed by Diplomats and active government’s employees with service passport status can have access to this pronouncement by the Chinese government.

Well one may want t

o ask what this means? Visas are documents that are issued by governments to foreigners who want to come to their destination. There are various kinds of visas, but the most common ones are tourist, business, and in-transit visas.

Visa-free travel is the ability to visit a country without having to complete lengthy visa procedures. Nationals of a country can have visa-free travel to another country if the governments of those two countries signed an agreement to that effect, or if the receiving country unilaterally opened its borders

President Julius Maada Bio Closes 2018 Agro-Tourism & Cultural Festival on Bonthe Municipal Island in Sierra Leone By State House Media and Communications Unit on December 24

Bonthe Municipal Island, Bonthe, Monday 24 December 2018 – His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has closed the 2018 Agro-Tourism Festival organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs on Bonthe Municipal Island, southern Sierra Leone.

The event provided the platform for agricultural and tourism groups from within the district to showcase their various products.

In his keynote address, President Bio said he was pleased with the initiative of the two ministries in organising such a wonderful event geared towards showcasing both the agricultural and touristic potentials of the district.

He said his government considered agricultural and tourism as very important components in the governance structure and that they were integral in achieving economic diversification. He noted that with tourism and agriculture Bonthe district had the potential to be the breadbasket of the country.

He thanked the people of Bonthe for overwhelmingly voting him during the March-April elections. He said over the years Bonthe had been a deprived district in the country because of divisive politics, adding that his administration was ready to correct that injustice by embarking on development projects in the district.

“This once thriving district became a deprived and neglected city. As President, I will ensure that development is shared to every part of this country and Bonthe will no longer be an exception. We will revive this district and restore its lost glory.

“Very soon, we will begin the reconstruction of the sea face that will attract a lot of tourists to the district and will also construct 5 kilometres of roads inside the municipality as a start. Also, plans are underway to resume the Tormabom Agricultural Center, which alone can feed the entire nation with reserve to export,” he said.

In his unending quest for human capital development, President Bio also disclosed that within the shortest period his government would open a School of Excellence in Information Technology that would offer professional courses not only for Sierra Leoneans but also for the entire subregion.

Mayor of the Bonthe Municipal Island, Joe Sandi, said they were happy to receive their son for the first time as President of the country. He said they were so far pleased with the development strives that were already taking place in the district, noting that  Bonthe had been a deprived settlement that needed urgent attention to catch up with other parts of the country.

He called on the President to provide more roads as a way of boosting the tourism sector in the district. He also cited challenges in the telecommunications sector, in particular, the urgent attention needed to connect the district with the rest of the world.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Jonathan Joseph Ndanema, said the festival was a way of finding suitable ways of reducing unemployment in the district and the country as a whole. He said Bonthe offered a lot of opportunities to the country which were not explored by past governments.

He stated that his ministry was working on transforming agriculture into a business adventure capable of producing enough food for consumption and for export. He said his ministry would continue the inter-ministerial collaboration and ensure the event was held annually.

Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt, said Bonthe had made history for being the first district to host the event, saying that they would learn from the experience in Bonthe and implement similar event in other districts with Agro-tourism potentials.

She added: “Tourism is one of the core areas of government and I am happy for the political will received from the President. This Island has great potentials and if we can unlock them, it will create jobs for the locals and as well improve the national revenue.”

KAFFU BULLOM TANGAINS FESTIVAL

KAFFU BULLOM TANGAINS FESTIVAL

As the year roll by, Tourism festivities crowns it all. 

In matching up with responsibilities and strategic plans to create a fair awareness it is highly incumbent on the Tourism sector leadership under the directives of The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Dr. MB. Pratt in meeting targets and deliver result as measured.

Therefore; on this mandate The Sierra Leone National Tourist Board is fully participating in the first edition of the Lungi Tangains Festival, organized by The Standard Team Organization.

The Tourism Board is mainly here to liase, understand, and effectively communicate the stronger effect of Tourism by promotion of right tourism asset and showcasing the Country’s Tourism potential to Both local and International attendees.

The booth constructed and been decorated sends a stronger signal of tourism development and readiness. Staff of Lungi Airport are in full attendance on rota basis as the events prescribed.

From Lungi KAFFU Bullom arround the airport the random activities has hyped the Christmas momentum for all ages within here.

NTB Publicist
Kai B Saquee