Group Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie gives her views on travel to the Gambia:
The small west African nation of Gambia recently made headlines when a disputed election led to the threat of military action after the defeated president refused to stand down. The UK government changed its travel advice to advise against all but essential travel as the threat of political disruption increased. That change meant that Thomas Cook implemented our contingency plans and brought 3,500 customers home in an evacuation lasting three days and 16 flights.
After the installation of the new president, the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changed the travel advice. It now says that the risk of military intervention has been removed, that the situation remains calm, and that life in Gambia has returned to normal. That means holidaymakers can experience what has made this tiny African nation so popular – a stunning coastline of golden beaches, a host of wildlife, and friendly, welcoming people who have given the country its nickname as the smiling coast of Africa.
Taking your loved ones anywhere is a serious decision. Ultimately, of course, it’s up to you where you choose to go on holiday. You should always consult FCO travel advice before making your decision. Whichever Thomas Cook holiday you choose, you can always be assured that your safety is our first priority.