GMTV forthcoming coverage & special travel offers to be issued to trade

The Gambia Experience announced that two of its Luxury Collection properties - Coco Ocean Resort & Spa and the Mandina Lodges at Makasutu - will be featured as the competition prize on GMTV during the week 30 August - 03 September.


Thewinner will win a 14-night half board holiday for six to the Coco Ocean Resort & Spa, with a private day excursion to Makasutu included in the prize.

In addition to this, the winner will receive £5,000 in cash, flight upgrades where applicable, private airport transfers, as well as two complimentary spa treatments each to enjoy during their hotel stay.

To coincide with the broadcast during GMTV's final competition week (before GMTV becomes 'Daybreak'), The Gambia Experience is contacting travel agents encouraging them to both view the footage and promote corresponding special offers.

Such offers include a discount of £100 per booking, applicable to all hotels within The Gambia Experience collection, valid for bookings made by 25 September.

Chris Ayling, director of The Gambia Experience said: "We hope that the breakfast television coverage of The Gambia will raise awareness as to what the destination is able to offer and encourage new clients to holiday there. In addition to offering a great range of 2* to 5* hotels, there are wonderful boutique and eco properties, plus a wide range of fantastic restaurants. The Gambia Experience brochure includes an exclusive 'Luxury Collection', available to book with upgraded flights and private transfers."

Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

Since opening in December 2008, Coco Ocean Resort & Spa - occupying an elevated position on a beach in Bijilo - has attracted new clientele to The Gambia.

The 1800sq metre spa facility is an integral part of Coco Ocean Resort & Spa and is the first of its kind in The Gambia, its signature treatment being the Moroccan Hammam. The Mandina Lodges at Makasutu are set within a 1000-acre forest on a tributary of the River Gambia. Guests can choose from Floating, Stilted or Jungle Lodges and are allocated a complimentary personal guide, on hand to help them discover the bush on foot, observe wildlife and explore the river by pirogue.

Makasutu can be booked as a complete holiday, or as an add-on to a stay at a coastal hotel, and promises an experience of authentic Gambia. This winter, The Gambia Experience offers 7-nights bed & breakfast at the Coco Ocean Resort & Spa from £996 per person and 7-nights half board at the Mandina Lodges at Makasutu from £1130 person. Both are based on two sharing and include return flights London Gatwick - Banjul, taxes and transfers. The Gambia Experience lead-in for this winter is 7-nights from £495 per person. For more information, please call The Gambia Experience Reservations Dept on 0845 330 2087 or visit

For details of training and travel agent incentives, agents should contact The Gambia Experience's agency sales manager, Jason Dicks on 0845 330 2066 or email


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