- Tourism is the largest source of foreign exchange earnings in Rwanda and it is projected to grow at a rate of 25% every year from 2013-18.
- The sector is the biggest contributor to the national export strategy
- Total revenues generated from the sector in 2014 alone was UsD305 Million
- The sector has also attracted Foreign Direct Invest- ments with major international hotel brands setting shop in the country, including the Marriot, Raddison blue, Park Inn by Raddison, sheraton, Protea, Golden Tulip and Zinc.
- Rwanda is carving out its niche as a regional and in- ternational conferences hub, with its new world – class conventional center, owing to:
- Ever improving conference facilities
- straight forward immigration procedures (online visa applications, visa-at-gate policy for all Afri- cans, one tourist visa policy for EAC)
- An excellent and expanding transport network
- Diverse entertainment options
- The rapid growth of RwandAir, in addition to oth- er airlines serving Kigali such as KLM, sN brussels, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines & Kenya Airways
- opening the economy to the outside world.
CULTURAL TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT
- Kigali Cultural Village (KCV) is aimed at making Kigali a tourism destination, and to serve as a showcase of the overall tourism product in Rwanda to both local and international tourists.
- The facility will have a conference hall with cine- ma theatres and galleria, Commercial and busi- ness center
- Proposed model of project implementation: Public Private Partnership
- The vacation park is a lucrative concept for the Gicumbi District and targets families, singles and groups that enjoy an events-filled and out-door lifestyle.
- The Vacation Village will provide visitors with every amenity required for a relaxing and exciting hol- iday..
HOTELS, ECO-LODGES & RESORTS:
- Rwanda’s tourism sector offers an opportunity to
develop 4- to 5-star hotels, eco-lodges and resorts.
- Plans for the Twin Lakes in northern part of the country and The Kivu belt in western of Rwanda provide an opportunity for investment and poten- tial earmarked sites and lands to develop into high end hotels and lodges, golf courses as well as hot
LAKE KIVU SPORT
- The project comprises three marinas to be con- structed in the three tourism centres of Rubavu, Karongi and Rusizi.
- Additional jetty stations and mini ports in Rutsiro and Nyamasheke will be developed along the lake shores.
- Regular boat services between these hubs will not only trigger tourism between these centres and along the lake, they will also facilitate domestic tourism and business.