A truck crosses from Rwanda into Tanzania at Rusumo Border. (File)
A truck crosses from Rwanda into Tanzania at Rusumo Border. (File)

Rwanda has been awarded the best Continental Exhibitor Award at the just concluded travel trade show, the 2015 International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

A truck crosses from Rwanda into Tanzania at Rusumo Border. (File)
A truck crosses from Rwanda into Tanzania at Rusumo Border. (File)

The post-Genocide country also scooped the Best of the Best exhibitor award at the same ceremony.
Kenya came second and Tunisia third on the African category. Other top 10 African countries include Namibia, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Gambia and Seychelles.
This year’s ITB attracted 186 countries and nearly 200,000 people, according to Yamina Karitanyi, Chief Tourism Officer at Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
She was addressing local reporters on Monday following the country’s tourism award.
Karitanyi said that Rwanda’s rich history, culture, diversity and an endless wildlife experience showcased at the stand drew a multitude of people and was a big attraction in Berlin.
“This year we focused on seeking out potential clients to Rwanda through our private sector. We are excited and honored to have won the two categories for best African and Best Global stand at the 2015 ITB Travel fair in Berlin because this reinforces the confidence that the global market has for our country’s tourism potential.” she said.
Karitanyi urged other African nationals to visit and experience Rwanda, adding that it was time for Africans to know more about their neighboring countries.
“As we work to link continental travel, this is an excellent period to get to know the rest of Africa. Tourists to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda have the advantage of using a single visa to visit the three countries,” she explained.
ITB being the world leading travel show provides a platform to showcase a country’s tourism products to the world.
Rwanda’s tourism sector continued to grow in the past year cementing its position as one of the key sources of foreign exchange for the country.
Last year, the sector registered a 9 percent increase in the number of visitors to Rwanda. Visitors grew from 1.14 million to 1. 2 million, and revenue increased from 296.4 million U.S dollars to 303 million dollars.
RDB has announced plans to increase earnings from tourism to 860 million dollars in the next two years. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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