Leeds Beckett University has awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University to Adama Bah, who has dedicated much of his life to responsible tourism, both in his home country of Gambia and internationally.

Born and raised in the Gambia, Adama is an alumnus from Leeds Beckett University’s MSc in Responsible Tourism Management course and has a long-standing relationship with the university.

Adama founded the West African branch of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, the Institute of Travel and Tourism of the Gambia and Camp Africa, an educational and cultural exchange programme.

Adama Bah said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award from such a great and prestigious university – Leeds Beckett. For years I have worked to offer my services selflessly to communities in the Gambia, to me, this award validates the need to give more than we take for development to take place in our world. I dedicate this award to communities struggling to make ends meet in the Gambia and wherever they are.

“I salute Leeds Beckett’s efforts to inspire and educate leaders of tomorrow so that they can make a positive difference in the world. With this, I promise not to disappoint your mission but to continue to be a shining example of it.”

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