(eTN) – The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is hosting 24 winners of a radio quiz on Radio Rwanda and Contact FM, undertaken ahead of the World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations, to a guided, all-inclusive field trip to Nyungwe National Park, where they will have an opportunity to appreciate the conservation efforts undertaken and see the tourism potential of the canopy walk and the various hikes starting off from the visitor center. This was confirmed by Ms. Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB yesterday.
The 2011 WTD events in Rwanda will focus on domestic tourism, bringing the country’s attractions home to the people of Rwanda to learn more about the natural attractions found across “The Land of a Thousand Hills” through the local theme “Tourism Begins With You” besides the global theme “Tourism – Linking Cultures.”
Data available from Rwanda speak of a visitor increase for the first half of 2010 by 27 percent and a revenue growth, generated by tourism expenditures of 28 percent and preliminary figures for the ongoing third quarter of the year apparently confirm this trend, giving hope that by the end of the year, a new arrival and revenue record will have been set.
The growth in tourism arrivals for Rwanda has been aided by the introduction of 5 weekly flights by KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) between Amsterdam and Kigali but was also driven by RwandAir’s ongoing expansion, which has substantially increased connectivity within the East African region from Southern and Western Africa, bringing large numbers of additional visitors to Rwanda for both business and tourism purposes.
“Rwanda Incorporated,” as this correspondent fondly coined the holistic effort of government and private sector working hand in hand, is surely on a roll, with news and events being featured on an almost daily basis. Good news from Africa to the world does come from Rwanda.