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Rwanda Tourism growing double digits

Rwanda Tourism growing double digits

Rwanda Tourism growing double digits BY PROF. WOLFGANG THOME, ETN EAST AFRICA | SEP 06, 2013 in eTurboNews Data released in Kigali yesterday show a continued and sustained growth of the country’s tourism sector. During the first half of 2013 the tourism industry’s revenues grew by 11 percent while tourist numbers rose by 14 percent […]

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Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

Seeking Sustainability – African Park PPPs

[By Scott Wayne, from Handshake – the International Finance Corporation’s Quarterly Journal on Public-Private Partnerships, Issue #10] Public-private partnerships (PPPs) can be the key to ensuring the sustainability of national parks and protected areas in emerging markets like Rwanda and Mozambique, especially when businesses and investors can have concessions to operate within the parks. Without private sector involvement, visitor services run by government agencies are often […]

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USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda launches professional guide certification program in Nyungwe National Park

USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda launches professional guide certification program in Nyungwe National Park

USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda launches professional guide certification program in Nyungwe National Park   Kigali, February 14th – Through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Nyungwe Nziza Project in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board, Nyungwe National Park (NNP) has just become the first park in Africa to train all guides […]

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Rwanda Tour Operators push to diversify with Nyungwe Park

Rwanda Tour Operators push to diversify with Nyungwe Park

In an interview published today on Travel Daily News International’s website, SW Associates President Scott Wayne talks with Manzi Kayihura, President of the Rwanda Tour and Travel Association and Managing Director of Thousand Hills Expeditions in Rwanda about Nyungwe National Park and its recent recognition by the British Guild of Travel Writers. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe […]

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USAID Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda named winner of Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards by British Guild of Travel Writers

USAID Nyungwe Nziza Project in Rwanda named winner of Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards by British Guild of Travel Writers

London, November 6th – USAID’s Nyungwe Nziza (“Beautiful Nyungwe”) project was named winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ (BGTW) Best Overseas and Best Global Project Awards. At the Guild’s prestigious annual awards dinner in the London’s Savoy Hotel Sunday night, Guild Chair Roger Bray said: “Nyungwe Nziza is a model tourism project for […]

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Kitabi Cultural Village Reported in AllAfrica.com

Kitabi Cultural Village Reported in AllAfrica.com

Jean Pierre Bucyensenge of AllAfrica.com published a helpful article today about the Kitabi Cultural Village initiative, which is supported by the USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza and the Rwanda Development Board. He wrote that “The place is named “Kitabi Cultural Village” and was developed by a local cooperative, the Friends of Nyungwe, under the support of the […]

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Nyungwe Nziza Project voted one of best tourism development projects by the British Guild of Travel Writers

Nyungwe Nziza Project voted one of best tourism development projects by the British Guild of Travel Writers

On Wednesday, September 12th, the British Guild of Travel Writers conducted a first round of voting for their annual Tourism Awards. The USAID-sponsored Nyungwe Nziza Project, for which SW Associates has been a sub-contractor for the past two years, was voted as one of the three best “Overseas Projects/Attractions” by BGTW members. The overall winner […]

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Rwanda featured in Selling Long Haul

Rwanda featured in Selling Long Haul

Melissa Shales, the former chair of the British Guild of Travel Writers, just published a feature on “How to Sell Rwanda” in the UK-based Selling Long Haul publication and website. For Rwanda, especially Nyungwe National Park, which is highlighted in the article, this is potentially very helpful positioning with the UK market. Selling Long Haul […]

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India Supreme Court rules against tiger tourism

India Supreme Court rules against tiger tourism

The Times of India reported yesterday that the Indian Supreme Court has banned tourism in several tiger reserves. The ruling is meant to push several states into enforcing the establishment of buffer zones around the tiger reserves. Establishing the zones has been controversial because they would displace people and businesses. However, you can’t have tiger […]

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Qatar Airways Launching Service into Heart of Africa

Qatar Airways Launching Service into Heart of Africa

At ITB in Berlin last week, Qatar Airways announced new service to several destinations, including to Kigali, Rwanda, which is fast becoming a regional hub for trade and tourism. This is a positive, strategic signal, as well as a significant indicator of regional economic growth and development. Economic development, particularly sustainable tourism development, is closely […]

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