Efforts being done by the Rwanda Development Board pointed at attracting more vacationers to Rwanda and increasing the number of Rwanda tours is beginning to bear fruits, with the nation’s earnings rising up to 4% last year. The number of voyagers recorded was additionally up by 6% during the year.
As stated by new figures presented by Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda raked in $293.6m from tourism, as contrasted with $281.8m produced in 2012.
The number of sightseers recorded was 1,137,000 guests in 2013 contrasted with around 1,076,000 in 2012, which represents an increment of 61,000 guests through the year and consequently the rise in tourism development in the nation. Most voyagers were mainly from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Germany, as stated by Rwanda Development Board statistics.
The RDB noted that the three Rwanda national parks, Nyungwe Forest, Akagera, and Volcanoes National Parks sold 61,764 vacationer activities last year contrasted with 61,304 the past year.
Some of the famous tourist attractions throughout the year included guided nature trails, birding, canopy walk, tropical waterfalls, chimpanzee and mountain gorillas trekking, camping, Congo Nile hike, golden monkeys tracking, Dian Fossey tomb, climbing on Bisoke and Karisimbi mountain peaks, game drives, angling, and boat cruise.
The earnings ($293.6m), imply that tourism is still Rwanda’s biggest foreign exchange earner. Other top foreign exchange-earners are tea, coffee, and minerals.
The nation’s tourism receipts are anticipated to show signs of improvement, because of product diversification and expected profits presented by the tripartite single traveler visa. The $100 visa gives sightseers a consistent chance to visit Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Previously, vacationers who wanted to visit the three nations might part with about $130 in entry visa charges.
Rica Rwigamba, the leader of the tourism department at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), revealed yesterday that RDB might launch an information agency this month where information on the meeting, accommodation and restaurant facilities, and also airlines flying in and out of the nation, might be accessed to promote Rwanda’s potential as a conference center.
This is hoped will further build the nation’s tourism revenue and guests’ number in the impending years.