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Rwanda is now a leading destination for tourists in Africa
Date: October 04,2017
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Rwanda is now a leading destination for tourists in Africa


Labeled as the ‘Country of Thousand Hills’, Rwanda is now a leading and attractive tourist destination, competing with other African destinations.
 
Gorilla trekking safaris, rich cultures of the Rwandese people, scenery and friendly tourist investment environment have attracted tourists and tourist investment companies from across the world to visit and invest in this breathtaking African safari destination.

The Africa Travel Association (ATA) World Congress is among the key global tourism gathering that took place in Kigali late in August this year and attracted over 300 global tourism leaders including policy makers, pioneers in travel trade industry and the media.

The Africa Hotel Investments Forum (AHIF) is the other tourism gathering scheduled in Kigali in this month.

Tourism is a booming industry in Rwanda. In 2016, tourism earned Rwanda US$404 million to compete with coffee. In the capital of Kigali, a futuristic new convention center is part of the government’s plan to boost the city as a major business hub. Famed hotel chains Marriott International and Radisson Blu have opened 200-plus-room hotels to accommodate the influx of tourists flocking to Rwanda for holidays, mostly for Gorilla trekking expeditions.

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) aims the tourism sector to generate about US$ 444 million in 2017, up from US$404 million recorded last year. RDB is counting on the continued tourism promotion efforts, as well as Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events and Exhibitions (MICE) subsector to achieve this target. The MICE subsector is expected to earn about US$64 million this year, up from the US$47 million it recorded last year.

RwandAir, the country’s national carrier had launched the Kigali to London route in May this year, targeting to attract more Britons to Kigali. The airline connects 11 African nations to various world destinations through the capital of Kigali.

Rwanda has been recognized among leading African destinations along with South Africa. The country greatly supports development of sustainable tourism.

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