Rwanda earns $52 million in meetings and conferences in 7 months

By Samson Iradukunda
On 12 February 2019 at 06:56

From July last year up to date (February 12), Rwanda has earned $52 million from international meetings and conferences it hosted, the Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB) has said on Tuesday. In total, Rwanda hosted 201 events in 2018.

RCB said that Rwanda received an estimated 35,000 delegates who attended globally recognized events such as the Africa Green Revolution Forum, the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa, Youth Connect Summit and the 5th International Conference on Family Planning that registered one of the largest number of delegates, of over3,800.

RCB has set a target to collect $74 million from the Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism sector in 2018/2019 financial year and $88 million in 2019/20 up from $42 million collected in 2017.

Among notable international conferences slated to be hosted by Rwanda this year is the Africa Fine Coffee and Exhibition to take place in February expected to bring in 1500 international delegates, the Africa CEO Forum in March, Africa Health Agenda International Conference and the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) expected to receive between 7000 and 9000 delegates.

“We will keep on the frontline in getting Rwanda known. When Rwanda hosts an international meeting, we ensure that they are successful that foreign delegates keep looking to Rwanda as the best in conference hosting. We also call the guests to spend long in Rwanda so that they spend more in Rwanda which benefits the private sector,” Mukazayire said.

The President of the Private Events’ Organizers, Aimable Rumongi said: “When a conference takes place in Rwanda, private businesses gain a lot, from the eggs’ supplier, the tomato seller and the event’s organizer.”

RCB says that Kigali now boasts of approximately 5000 rooms in the 2 to 5-star hotels with another 8000 rooms in modern motels available for travellers.

Rwanda was last year ranked the 3rd in Africa as the best country in conference hosting according to International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

Located in Kigali, the Kigali Convention Centre is one of the buildings that most attract organizers of international conferences in Rwanda