Lack of qualified of tour guides is hurting the tourism industry, Kirenga Kamugisha, the president of Rwanda Safari Guides Association (RWASAGA) has said.
He said that if he was to recommend any qualified guides, only five in Rwanda’s tourism sector would pass the litmus test.
There are close to 40 tour guides in the tourism industry who work for about 30 tour operators.
Kirenga said the current success of the tourism industry rides on the self explanatory nature of the mountain gorillas which are sought by the highest number to tourists into Rwanda.
He also mentioned that besides being unqualified, tour guides are faced with a language barrier.
The training comes in a period when a draft law on tourism that was passed by cabinet is in parliament for discussion. It demands that tour guides be academically qualified for the job.
Tourism is one of the top foreign exchange earners of Rwanda.
The training is being financed by tour operators.