The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has announced the introduction of a tourism operating license to support the regulation of tourism entities, RDB said in a statement released over the weekend.

According to the tourism law of Rwanda, all tourism entities are required to obtain a tourism operating licence. RDB will execute a phased roll-out of the tourism operating licence in an effort to give entities sufficient time for compliance and to ensure entities benefit from efficient application processing, said the statement.

“As we advance in quality service provision, we should focus on investing in effective administrative mechanisms which to a great extent depend on licensing to strengthen the industry’s legitimacy and position in the region,” RDB’s Chief Tourism Officer Belise Kariza said in the statement.

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RDB also unveiled a new tourism regulation website,, which serves as a portal for tourism entities to access tourism regulation information and services, including the online application to request a tourism operating license.

The website also gives the public access to the law and ministerial orders, as well as answers to a number of frequently asked questions. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/