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 Special Guest of Honour, Hon. Moses Vilakati, Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Kingdom of Eswatini during the Executive /Ministerial session at the African Tourism Business Forum

The Photos Competition revealed both latent and manifest beauties of the country known as the land of “Thousand Hills” to the global community.

Hon. Cuthbert Ncube, Executive President, African Tourism Board, making his opening remarks

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.

Yves Ngenzi, the Director of Strategic Communications, Rwanda Tourism Chamber, Speaking at the Golf for Conservation, one of the RTW2022 initiatives

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.

Frank Mugisha, Director General, Rwanda Tourism Chamber Speaking at the opening of the African Tourism Business Forum

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.

Amb. Dine Bouraima, President Consortium Touristes Par Millions Au Benin signing an MoU with Rwanda Tourism Chamber, Represented by the Director General, Frank Mugisha during the MoU signing ceremony

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.

Delegates on tour of Akagera National Park during the Rwanda Tourism Week

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.

Dignitaries at the networking event before the Gala Dinner at the coveted Kigali Convention center

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.

Greg Bakunzi of RedRocks, a community based CSO, receiving his award during the Gala Dinner

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.

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