Rwanda Travel agencies have given Rwanda the face of holiday destination by showcasing the country’s tourism potential at a fair in Netherlands.
This was disclosed by one of the exhibitors, Evert Jacobs Manzi, of Access Safari— tour operators at the conclusion of a five-day Dutch fair in city of Utrecht on January 19 2014.
The tour operator participating in the fair included Access Rwanda Safaris, Amahoro Tours, Sunrise Eco-tours and Mercator Assistance.
In March 2013, the Rwandan Embassy in the Netherlands held a similar tourism promotion event at the Holland University, Diemen Campus in Amsterdam.
Rwandan tourism package consists of wonders such as the endangered mountain gorillas, Cultural tourism, volcano mountain climbing, Musanze Caves, Canopy walk, Kwiti Izina, trek to Dian Fossey grave as well as genocide memorial sites among others.
According to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Rwanda collected $142.5 million in tourism revenues and registered 664,729 visitors in the first semester of 2013.
This signified an increase of 11 percent and 14 percent respectively compared to the same period last year.
Tourism is one of Rwanda’s largest foreign exchange earner with $282 million earned in 2012.
“The increase in tourism revenues and visitor numbers are important in driving economic growth and generating prosperity for all Rwandans, “ Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB said.
“We are working to ensure visitors to Rwanda get value for money and unparalleled tourism experiences.
In addition, visitor safety and security in Rwanda’s parks and other tourist destinations continue to be a priority.”