Rwanda tops Africa leading destinations 2017

On 11 October 2017 at 11:44

Rwanda has been awarded as the Africa’s leading destination in 2017 under the World Travel Awards.

World Travel Awards are given to countries, hotels, Air companies among other tourists attraction around the World.

Speaking after receiving the award, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Chief Executive Officer, Clare Akamanzi thanked the government of Rwanda for its commitment to the development of tourism sector.

“We are grateful to receive the award on behalf of Rwandans. Particularly I thank President Paul Kagame for his vision in promoting tourism,” she said.

Rwanda scooped the award after beating different countries includingBotswana, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Hotel Radisson Blu and Kigali Convention Centre were also awarded Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel in 2017.

The World Travel Awards Founder and President, Graham E. Cooke said that he was pleased to visit Rwanda for his first time.

“It has been an honour to visit Rwanda for the very first time,” said World Travel Awards Founder and President, Graham E. Cooke. We have recognized the leading lights of African tourism tonight and I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of our winners,” he said adding that Rwanda has proved a wonderful host for Africa Gala Ceremony, cementing the country’s reputation as Africa’s rising star.

According to the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), tourism receipts register an annual growth of 10% but the target is to increase the growth rate to 25%.

In the recently launched National Strategy for Transformation, Rwanda targets to earn $800 million from tourism by 2024.