The General Manager of the National Tourist Board (NTB), Mr. Yassim Kargbo has informed this medium at his Lumley Beach Road office in Freetown that in 2012, Sierra Leone was ranked 28th position and the fastest growing in the tourism sector in the world, saying the industry would rebrand the country, but lamented that very little is invested in the sector.
Speaking last Thursday 13th August 2015, Mr. Kargbo disclosed that the archaic Tourism Act is 50% reviewed to reflect current trends and would be completed by October this year.
He said tourism would create jobs, generate revenue for development projects and that there are plans to promote eco-tourism upcountry.
He urged the Ministry of Transport to provide some of the new buses to the NTB to convey tourists from the Freetown International Airport at Lungi to the city, noting that poor marketing and publicity of the country’s rich touristic potentials, the civil war and the Ebola outbreak have all negatively affected the growth of the industry.
He alsosaid the logo of the NTB is a diamond that attracted tourists into the country but that during the civil war, the country’s diamonds were dubbed blood diamonds.
“That discouraged tourists from visiting the country,” he lamented, adding that the Government has very good initiative to run Sierra Leone as a business which would place the country in an enviable position in the world.