Rwanda Tourism Week 2022 : A Huge Positive Story for African Tourism
The recently held Rwanda Tourism Week between 26th-November to 3rd December, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda was nothing but a huge success and a positive story for African Tourism in all its ramifications.
The event started with the Restaurant Week and followed by a Photo Competition which received several pictures of a captivating country of Rwanda from the participants, showcasing the unending beauties of the destinations.
The Photos Competition revealed both latent and manifest beauties of the country known as the land of “Thousand Hills” to the global community.
Also part of the activities included Golf for Conservation, familiarisation tour to various parts of the country especially the Akagera National Park with its endless attractions from majestic water falls to the fascinating Mountain Gorillas, breath taking Lake Kivu among other engaging naturals prevalent in the reserve.
After week of tours and other minor but important activities around the country, 1st to 3rd December 2022 became the climax where the organisers, Rwanda Tourism Chamber in collaboration with the African Tourism Board organised the African Tourism Business Forum at the coveted Kigali Serena Hotel for two solid days of discussions and 3 days of exhibition which had participants from 15 countries within and outside of Africa, such as ; South Africa, Tanzania, Burundi, Kingdom of Eswatini, Nigeria, Benin Republic, DRC,Congo, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zanzibar, Israel and Lebanon.
Different topical issues of interest about the continental tourism were discussed during the African Tourism Business Forum which was declared opened by His Excellency, Hon. Moses Vilakati, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Eswatini who displayed a high level of passion, love and enthusiasm throughout his stay in Kigali.
The event’s major highpoint was the Gala Dinner / Awards at the prestigious Kigali Convention Centre in the heart of the city, local and international delagates dressed up majestically to the venue with much enthusiasm where many tourism champions won different categories of the awards.
Hon. Moses Vilakati, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Eswatini, Hon. Cuthbert Ncube, President African Tourism Board Mr.Frank Mugisha, Director General, Rwanda Tourism Chamber and host of very important personalities made their speeches to the admiration of participants.
It was time for the awards and many local and foreign participants such as Red Blocks and Ethiopia from Oromia won different categories of the awards.
It should however be noted that, the staging of the second edition of the Rwanda Tourism Week was another beautiful story amanating from the beautiful Rwanda and Africa at large.
Dignitaries present at the event are too numerous to mention, but included; the Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Moses Vilakati, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Eswatini, Aline Kabanda, first Vice President, Rwanda Tourism Chamber, Hon. Cuthbert Ncube, the Executive President African Tourism Board, Amb. Dine Bouraima, President, Consortium Touristes Par Millions Au Benin, Mrs. Lelise Duga Jabessa, the Commissioner, Oromia Tourism Commission, Mr. Rahim Bhaloo, Chairman, Zanzibar Tourism Commission among others.