Focus on film industry to spur tourism


RE: “Rwandan film selected for Czech Film Festival” (The New Times, July 7).

It is satisfying to read that the short movie, “Birds Are Singing in Kigali”, has been selected for the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Tourism in many countries has benefited immensely by focusing on film industry.

The small European country, Switzerland, has recorded impressive visitor arrivals from India by laying adequate stress on film tourism and Bollywood.

Likewise, Hillywood can well become a game-changer for Rwanda tourism with an effective partnership with Bollywood.

While the movie Hotel Rwanda depicted what took place in the country during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and as a result, made many skip visiting Rwanda, it is my firm belief that “Birds Are Singing in Kigali” will encourage many potential tourists to come and experience the great tourism potential of this beautiful land of a thousand hills.

I wish the movie every success.

Clarence Fernandes