Rwanda on Course to Implementing its Tourism Master Plan

Rwanda continues to support the tourism sector which contributes a considerable chunk of the GDP and foreign exchange earnings.

Recently, Rwanda joined the rest of the world in celebrating the World Tourism Day with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Community Development’.

“This occasion is a chance to reflect on how Rwanda is investing in facilities to meet the growing demand especially for meeting and conferences, the head of tourism and conservation at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Amb. Yamina Karitanyi said according to a statement from RDB.

Karitanyi said Rwanda was on course to implementing its national tourism master plan to secure the sector’s contribution to the economy in line with the Vision 2020 which plan involve successfully diversifying the tourism experience beyond gorillas.

“We are making progress with the initiative aimed at meeting the growing demand in tourism in Rwanda and with the soon to be completed Kigali Conference Center which will be the largest in the East and Central Africa this will be met,” Karitanyi said.

Rwanda has continued to invest in convention bureau and other infrastructure and is looking for investors for spa and golf resort hotels at Lake Kivu and a cable car system on the slopes of the volcanoes national park.

The country is looking at starting up a new cultural village to showcase the spectrum of the nation’s heritage in one setting.

Over Rwf1.962billion has been given back to the community to support schools, hospital around the parks, and community owned projects and this is all contributing to the sector’s development.

The country looks at developing the tourism sector making it contribute about 25% annually to GDP and to achieve this RDB will diversify tourism experiences, develop and expand need infrastructure and focus on service delivery and capacity building to enable the sector to continue to grow and thrive.

The targeted marketing strategies will also ensure Rwanda’s growth in tourism is sustained.

With the new introduce single tourist visa, the RDB believes the tourism sector will much grow with the many tourists coming into the country.

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