tourism

Rwanda targets $74m from conference tourism this year

The year 2019 looks brighter for the country’s conference tourism sector, which is expected to fetch $74 million by June, according to Rwanda Convention Bureau. Nelly Mukazayire, the Chief Executive Officer of RCB, said this yesterday during a media round table briefing So far, in the 208/...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 3:12pm

EDITORIAL: There is still place on the tourism bandwagon

Officials from Rwanda Convention Bureau are upbeat, and they have reason to. Visitor numbers are up as well as the hotel room occupancy rate. Rwanda’s gamble with MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) was a long shot in a region that had been dominated by Kenya as a meeting...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:10am

A friendly elephant whose death devastated tourists

Mutware, loosely translated as “Chief” – the 48-year old elephant was in all sense the chief of Rwanda’s only savannah park, Akagera. He had conquered the hearts of those that had visited the Eastern Province park. Mutware was pronounced dead last week by the park managers...

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 11:03am

Innovations and digital adaption will remain the hinges of tourism

There is no longer a debate as to whether tourism is a significant aspect of the development story of many countries around the world. It is one of the few industries that almost every country in the world invests heavily in. Developing countries blessed by some of the most spectacular animal and...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:31am

Why you should avoid a stay-cation this Christmas and New Year’s holiday

The long holiday season is less than three months away and the hype that goes with it is just about to start, this is one of the best times of the year and what better way to enjoy it than to go for a vacation with your loved ones.  To some people, travelling to a different destination during...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 12:12am

World of Adventures: You can explore Rwanda in private jet

Four Seasons Hotels Limited, an international luxury hospitality firm based in Toronto, Ontario, has added Rwanda on the list of ‘World of Adventures’ 2019 trip. World of Adventures is the company’s programme in which guests embark on vacations in different countries on a private...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:39pm

Tourism sector opening up opportunities for businesses

The continued growth of the local tourism industry is increasingly opening up opportunities for Rwandans across the country. One such investor is Theodore Nzabonimpa, a lawyer and founder of ‘Beyond the Gorillas Experience Limited’, a company involved with innovative tourism and...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:59pm

What you need to know about mountain gorillas

The rugged beauty of Rwanda’s mountains in the north is part of the Virunga Massif, the habitat for the largest surviving population of the Mountain Gorillas in the world. The last census of the gorillas, which was conducted in 2016, put the population in the Virunga Massif at 604. The...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:57pm

Did you know about desert tourism?

Tourism has always been associated with fauna and flora. In Rwanda, it is captured by the mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, the very scenic Lake Kivu, and the spectacular views from the ‘land of a thousand hills’, to mention a few. However, there is more to tourism than what...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:24pm

Team Rwanda invited for Uganda Tourism Race

The national cycling team, best known as Team Rwanda, has been invited to take part in the inaugural edition of the Uganda Tourism Race scheduled for November 21-25. The four-day race, which is being organised by Skyline Cycling Club under the theme Showcasing Uganda Tourism Potential through...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 11:58pm

Why a Trip to Akagera National Park is a Must-Do

It may not have the cachet of a safari in neighboring Kenya or Uganda, but what a Rwandan safari also lacks is something you won’t miss at all: tourist hordes. Actually, the fact that Akagera National Park—a stunningly picturesque 432-square-mile park in the country’s east, since...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 12:59am

Tanzania promotes nature-based tourism

Tanzania is set to venture into the hefty promotion of nature-based tourism in the east African nation's nature forest reserves, a senior official said on Thursday. Donsantos Silayo, chief executive officer of the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS), said that the move will boost the country's...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:34am

Businesses should be ready to cash in on conference tourism

Rwanda’s status as a major tourist destination is not something new. Thanks to the Government’s commitment to conservation and innovation, the tourism sector has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.   The sector earned the country more than $400 million last year, twice...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 11:20pm

Rwanda targets $74 million from conference tourism

Rwanda is looking to nearly double its revenues from conference tourism, Clare Akamanzi, the chief executive of Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has said. Last year, the country collected a total of $42 million (about Rwf36.3 billion) from 192 conferences. This year’s target is $74 million (...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:17am

New inter-agency committee to tackle wildlife trafficking

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has intensified efforts to end illegal wildlife trade. The plan by RDB involves setting up a national inter-agency committee for combatting wildlife crimes. The move comes in a wake of widespread reports that smugglers use Rwanda as a route for their trade. The...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:14am

Global airfares, hotel rates to rise in 2019: industry forecast

A strong global economy and rising oil prices are expected to push up the cost of air travel in 2019, with fares seen rising 2.6 per cent and hotel rates up 3.7 per cent, although there are downside risks from a trade war, according to an industry forecast. In some countries, including India, New...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:00pm

Gishwati-Mukura National Park to open for tourism

Rwanda will next year open the Gishwati-Mukura National park to visitors further expanding the country’s tourism menu. According to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), plans for the official launch are in the advanced stages. The idea to transform the reserve into a national ...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:11am

Top Arsenal player to attend Kwita Izina 2018

A member of the Arsenal first-team is expected to participate in this year’s gorilla naming ceremony, locally known as Kwita Izina. The highly-rated conservation event is held in Kinigi on the slopes of the  Volcanoes National Park. The Arsenal star will join the long list of global...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Local communities to receive share of revenues from tourism

The revenue-share model where government gives 10 percent of tourism receipts to communities around national parks continues to change lives. This year, residents of Kitabi sector that is close to the Nyungwe National Park will this year get houses and those from kayonza close to Akagera national...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:26am

Rwanda’s tourism opportunities

Private sector and public organizations are increasingly interested in the economic impacts of tourism at national and local levels. Rwanda has made tremendous strides in tourism industry. But there are areas that require more input of private sector such as improving local participation in the...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 10:20pm