The non-issuance of visas by the British government to the Sierra Leone delegation did not delight Sierra Leone's Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Dr. Memunatu Pratt.
She went further to say: "My record of opening travel opportunities to individuals goes far back as my decades of work in the university. As Minister of Tourism this is not new. We recently travelled with Miss Sierra Leone to France, she said.
She added that the UK government has right to refuse individuals visas if they are not convinced about your economic status or maybe feel that you may not return in their estimation. “I am very sad that even four of my own staffs were also refused and these are government employees,” the Tourism Minister said.
She maintained however that she is “resolute to build the infrastructure for tourism culture and entertainment.” She added that they have just established the Sierra Leone Entertainment Foundation and that there are many other opportunities of Tourism exposure for our growing talents.