Kagame was speaking in London, England after receiving the World Tourism Award in recognition of his visionary leadership in sustainable wildlife conservation.
Kagame received the award yesterday during the official opening of ‘World Travel Market London’in London, England.
The three-day event that attracted industry professionals from across the globe was hosted by Reed Travel and co-sponsored by Corinthia Hotels United Airlines and The New York Times.
President Kagame said that Rwandans have been working hard to protect natural environment while building the infrastructure for visitors and citizens.
He said that growth in the industry has proven to be a driver of shared prosperity as they ensure that Rwandans benefit directly.
“These good results have been possible because Rwandans have made a mindset shift from dependence to dignity and self-reliance. This is why for example former poachers are today the most dedicated protectors of wildlife,” Kagame said.
He said that they are finding ways to multiply Rwandans connections with the rest of the world, adding that it is what the award he received represents.
“This is a story that is being repeated across the continent as Africans increasingly take charge of our future. It is getting easier to travel to Africa, RwandAir now flies to 24 destinations on the continent and beyond including London” he said.
He said that Rwanda has been exhibiting at the World Tourism Market (WTM) for many years and have seen the impact as the UK is 2ndbiggest source of tourists to Rwanda.