Rwanda, the East African country known for its thousand mountains, gorillas and wildlife is keen on escalating India arrivals and started its first mission with a participation in the Outbound Travel Mart (OTM) from February 18-20 at Bombay Exhibition and Convention Centre, a Roadshow in Mumbai at The Westin hotel on February 19 and in Bangalore at The Chancery Pavilion on February 20.
His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda to India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, said: “India is the second largest arrival market to Rwanda after the United States. Participation at OTM was important and we are thrilled with the response received. Rwanda is a stable and peaceful country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Tourism is important to our economy, next only to mining and tea. We have put-in good infrastructure, have good internet connectivity and an efficient electronic payment system.”
World Economic forum is scheduled for May 2016 in Rwanda. Safari for big five, mountain gorillas and canopy walking in rainforest are some of the key attractions of Rwanda.
Mrs Mutesi Linda, Division Manager Tourism Marketing, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), said: ‘Rwanda has springtime climate year round and our country has low crime rate and no corruption. Wildlife is accessible within 2 hours from Kigali. There are 30 species of primates alone, including chimps and golden monkeys. We have 700 exotic bird species. Capital Kigali and Volcanoes National Park are our major destinations. Kigali has accommodation to suit all budgets. Marriott hotel is opening this June and a Zinc hotel will be launched this year. At Volcanoes Park, tourists are assured of tracking a mountain gorilla family during a trek. Bisoke Crater Lake, Golden monkeys and red rock market are other attractions here.
Anny Batamuriza, His Excellency Ernest Rwamucyo & Mutesi Linda
Lake Kivu is a resort town situated 3 hours from Kigali and has agri tourism in its tea plantations. Lake activities include boating, fishing, kayaking and rafting. Biking and trekking along the lake is popular. Nyungwe at 4 hours from Kigali has canopy walkway in the rainforest. Chimpanzee tracking and cultural community centre are added attractions here.
Mrs Anny Batamuriza, Vice Chairperson of Tourism Chamber Rwanda Private Sector Federation, said, “We look to the India as the future for various tourism opportunities in Rwanda.”
Mrs Batamuriza signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mr Zakkir Ahmed, the President of the Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI).
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Written by Anand & Madhura Katti